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By Kimberly Bosco TOMS RIVER – Frank Romeo is one of the many Vietnam veterans that have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) over the past 50 years. Having experienced the hardships of war and hatred from the American public post-Vietnam, Romeo struggled greatly to overcome what he had been through at the ripe age of just 18 years old. Since returning to the States after his time overseas, Romeo went through bouts of addiction and suffered greatly from what was then an undiagnosed disease, what we now recognize -Photos by Kimberly Bosco as PTSD. Frank Romeo set up a series of portraits done by PTSD soldiers throughout the arena as part of his exhibit. Romeo later found art as a You can view some of these images on his gallery website. (Vietnam - See Page 4)

Trolley Service Makes Traveling Easier Downtown

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–Photos by Jennifer Peacock Nick Zorojew, Executive Director of the Downtown Toms River Business Improvement District, hitches a ride on the trolley. The downtown trolley will provide access to stores and parking lots.

By Jennifer Peacock TOMS RIVER – Nick Zorojew is a selfish guy. He’ll tell you himself, without apology. He wants the best for his home town, Toms River. His family not only lived here, they worked here. And except for a stint away in college, Zorojew has called Toms River home for most of his life. He’s settled back after college in the South and grad school in New York City, just outside the bounds he’s drawn to describe Downtown Toms River— the Garden State Parkway to the west, Hooper and Hadley avenues to the east; Route 37 to the north and the river to the south—to make the downtown area a place he would want to visit, a place his children will want to stay and live. Zorojew peddled his vision to Jeremy Grunin on WOBM two years ago, and his message has stayed consistent through today. It seemed the sun hadn’t shone for

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Size Of The July 4 Fireworks Depends On You By Chris Lundy BEACHWOOD – Everyone knows that one of the best fireworks shows around is over the Toms River. But few people realize that it’s actually put on by the little borough of Beachwood. The fireworks are run by the town, but not paid for by taxpayer dollars. It is funded entirely by donations, and donations are not as strong as they used to be, said Councilwoman Beverly Clayton, who chairs the event. The show is in its 78th year, so people are used to it being a mainstay. However, donations are down this year, and they were down last year, too. “We’re down almost $10,000 from last year,” she said. This is a significant amount, since this year’s show (Fireworks - See Page 2)

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weeks, although the clouds and some rain were probably only around for a few d ay s b efor e s u n sh i ne b r oke through that Tuesday morning. Zorojew picked a seat and cracked open a window before talking about the vision for Downtown Toms River. “It’s a great mor ning for a trolley ride,” he said. He chit-chatted with Craig, a trolley driver from Wildwood who stays in a hotel during the week to drive the new downtown trolley. It’s a little before 8 a.m., and the trolley is parked at the curb of the New Jersey Transit bus ter minal on 400 Highland Parkway. Trolley drivers are hard to come by, and the test difficult to pass, but Great American Trolley Company of Cape May is looking for local drivers. Zorojew, the executive director of Downtown Toms River, doesn’t know why a trolley hasn’t been part of the scene before, only that someone tried years ago but it never materialized. At this point, this trolley has been doing daily runs since May 26, less than two weeks from this meeting. Craig rattled off a list of towns in South Jersey that have trollies, and said he thinks the only other town in Ocean County that has a trolley is Point Pleasant Beach. They’ve had theirs since 2016; Zorojew and some other business improvement district decision makers visited that trolley, and thought it would be a nice addition to the offerings. The trolley, which is ADA accessible, comes online at 8 a.m. at the bus terminal. On weekdays, Craig makes his loop from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends, when some businesses stay open a little later for the weekend crowds. From the bus ter minal, the trolley heads to Toms River Center (where Kohl’s is), then to town hall and the county library head-

Fireworks: Continued From Page 1 will be in the ballpark of about $17,000$18,000. “If the donations stop, so does the show.” While they seek larger sponsors, small donations would go a long way. If everyone who went to see them sent just a dollar, or $5 per family, it would go a long way. “We’re very grateful to South Toms River,” a neighboring community that donates to

quarters on Washington Street, then the Ocean Cou nt y Park ing Garage/ Historical Society on Hadley Avenue, Huddy Park lot on Water Street, Main Street at the corner of Water Street, and then the Irons Street free parking lot before going back to the bus terminal. It’s about a 30-minute loop, depending on traffic and how times the trolley has to stop to pick up or drop off riders. Guests can request drop offs, as long as it is safe for the trolley to stop and drop off people. They can also call the trolley driver and ask to be picked up along the route, again, as long as the trolley can safely stop and pick up guests. That number is 609-846-4064. The trolley ride is free. The cost is absorbed by local business owners and other sponsors. Right now, the trolley will run through Labor Day. “Without them, we could not do this,” Zorojew said about the sponsors. But the t rolley isn’t simply about going from Point A to Point B. Zorojew pointed out the obvious - the cou r thouse, the r iver, the Route 37 storefronts - but also pointed to and t al ked about t h i ngs not obv iou s if you’re behind the wheel: the rows of old capt ai n’s hou ses, t he ma r it i me museum, the Ocean County Historical Society, which later this summer may use the trolley for historical tours. One also notices fewer and fewer empty s t o r ef r o nt s . Li ke m a ny d ow nt ow n areas - Red Bank and Asbury Park in this area - Toms River is finding local, smaller entrepreneurs willing to rent a store front and make it their own. The area has a small but vibrant arts community as well. So while Zorojew isn’t comparing Toms River to those larger, reinvented downtowns, he is saying Toms River wants to take the best it sees in others. “We want to find our own identity,” Zorojew said. For more infor mation, visit

the fund, she said. This year, the show will start at dusk on July 4. The rain date is July 5. There’s a new fireworks vendor this year. The company is called Fireworks Extravaganza, an award-winning company out of Rochelle Park, New Jersey. To support the fireworks, checks of any denomination can be sent to Beachwood Fireworks, 1600 Pinewald Rd., Beachwood, NJ 08722. Checks can be dropped off at any municipal building.

Free Citizenship Classes TOMS RIVER – Free citizenship classes will be offered at Donovan Catholic High School on Tuesdays and Thursday June 19-July 26. Classes are for qualified immigrants with a green card for 5 years who speak, read, and

write English. Call 732-998-3153 to register. Testing and registration for pre-registered students will be on Monday June 11, 6-8 p.m. at the high school. For more information, contact Sister Peggy Nulty at

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Vietnam: Continued From Page 1 medium to express what his mind was going through. Now, at 70 years old and a father of 7, he is a spokesperson for the reality of war and PTSD, teaching the younger generation about what it is really like over there before they step into the unknown. Romeo’s goal is to educate “before the fact” and to prepare those heading into battle, to help cure PTSD before it starts. At the RWJBarnabas Health Arena at Toms River North High School, Romeo presented his exhibit, “The Art of War,” to illustrate for the public what war does to the mind, and speak to students about his experiences. “I arrived in southeast Asia just in time for the Tet Offensive…the bloodiest fighting of the war,” said Romeo. In August of 1969, he was part of a small Special Forces group performing search and destroy missions, living in the jungles of Vietnam on the Vietnam-Cambodia border, when he was ambushed. “I was separated from my unit, I was taken by the Viet Cong…I was used for target practice, they shot me seven times,” he said. Romeo noted that he still has one of the bullets lodged in his spine. Believing he was dead, Romeo’s unit carried him out of the jungle. Once they realized he was alive, they sent him to a hospital in Japan, where he woke up a month later. Following this, Romeo spent a year in military hospitals undergoing surgeries and being pumped with life-saving drugs, which eventually led him into addiction.

“By the time I left the military, I was totally addicted to drugs,” he said. “I was exhibiting behavior that we associate with PTSD today,” such as anger, and excessive drinking and drug use. At this time, PTSD was undiagnosed. It was referred to as Vietnam War Syndrome, according to Romeo. With six months left on his duty contract, he was sent to West Point Military Academy, where he was discharged for drug use at the age of 20 years old. “The day I left the hospital there was an anti-war demonstration…they [the demonstrators] spit on me,” he said. “I was totally not prepared for being treated this way, especially in the condition that I was in.” Following his discharge from West Point, Romeo was then sent to Fort Dix for his “non-military” behavior where he lived in a cell. “What had happened to me in a short period of time [about 2 years] was total trauma,” said Romeo. “I tried to assimilate back into society [unsuccessfully].” He spent the next 50 years battling an internal struggle with PTSD, the beginning of which was tied to his drug addiction. He later discovered that he was also contaminated with Agent Orange. “The behavior that I was going through was not rational. My military life followed me through my non-military life,” he said. But, in the 90s, he found a catharsis in art. Romeo has created various works of art that are a tangible outlet of his trauma throughout the years. One of his pieces is even on display in the National Veterans Art

Museum in Chicago as part of a collection that has been declared a National Treasure. A copy of this painting was hung up during his exhibit as well. “I never took an art class in my life,” he joked. He began as a “closet artist,” hiding his work away due to the public hatred for Vietnam veterans; he was embarrassed. Romeo describes his work and the artwork of other PTSD soldiers as demonstrating “the emotional history of the country.” Hanging next to his painting was a plaque that read: “Art is communication…I paint, lecture and get involved not fully understanding ‘WHY.’ I am compelled however to let future generations know, we were here, we did exist and we gave of ourselves simply because we were asked.” The exhibit included dozens of other works of art, many from other soldiers who have experienced PTSD and expressed their trauma through their art. “They can’t seem to get past what happened to them in the military,” said Romeo. Now, Romeo is a success story. Having conquered his PTSD, he is able to speak about it. He is now determined to educate the younger generations of what they might see during wartime, hoping to solve the prevalence of PTSD in soldiers through preparation. “I believe in education before the fact… I think we need to start a conversation about the realities of our country,” he said. Romeo stated that since the Civil War, our wars have been “an away game” fought on someone else’s land. He believes we need to start preparing our children before sending

them off to a foreign land “psychologically unprepared.” His work now involves speaking to different schools and different groups about what his experiences were and about the prevalence and severity of PTSD. While noting that services for veterans after the fact are still very important, Romeo said “we need to think about our future veterans.” Rather than only spending money on programs to help veterans gain comfort and normalcy after a traumatizing war experience, Romeo wants to present kids with the option to mentally prepare themselves beforehand. Part of Romeo’s current work is also promoting Walk with Frank, a planned walk across New York to increase awareness for PTSD and the plight of our many disabled, homeless or unemployed veterans. He plans to raise funds to support a documentary film to spread his message to a national audience, while spending three months living as a homeless veteran. Part of this project is linked to the State University of New York (SUNY). SUNY students can participate in any leg of the Walk with Frank journey for course credits. Romeo plans to document his journey in a blog that anyone can follow at For the past 50 years, “It’s been a horror show in my head,” said Romeo. Not only he, but also his family has suffered as a result of his PTSD. Romeo’s plan hopes to alleviate this for soldiers and families of soldiers in the future. For more information on Romeo’s exhibit, or to take a look at his gallery, visit

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JCP&L Gears Up For Summer Season With Inspections & Projects By Kimberly Bosco NEW JERSEY – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) recently completed inspections and projects meant to enhance customer service reliability throughout the 13-county service area for summer. Part of these projects included upgrading transmission and substation equipment, upgrading circuits and trimming trees along power lines. JCP&L is still performing inspections via helicopter to look for damaged wire, broken cross arms, failed insulators, and other hardware problems not easily detected from the ground. Any issues found will be addressed. Other inspections on the ground include using “thermovision” cameras to capture infrared images that can detect potential problems and identify hot spots. This allows for repairs to be made before a power outage occurs. “The heat and humidity of summer weather results in our customers using more air conditioning to stay cool,” said Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L. “By proactively inspecting and maintaining our equipment, we help ensure system reliability to meet this increased electrical load when temperatures climb and customers depend on us to stay comfortable.” Improvement projects include: • Replacing 12 – 34.5 kilovolt (kV) circuit breakers at substations in Bridgewater, Milford, Old Bridge, Robbinsville, Summit and Toms River. • Upgrading 230 kV line relay protection systems at substations in Lakewood and South River.

Adult/Child/ Infant CPR AED Certification TOMS RIVER – Did you know that four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home? If called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be that of a child, spouse, parent, or friend. Prepare yourself ! Come and lear n life-saving CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking in adults, ch i ld r e n a nd i n f a nt s. T h i s h a nd s on course is taught in a relaxed and comfortable environment by certified instructors and is designed for anyone with limited or no medical training. Upon completion, participants will receive a CPR AED Course Completion Card. Please bring a check for $50 payable to Ocean Side CPR. This course will be held in the Prog r a m Room , Pa rk s Ad m i n ist r at ion Office on June 27 from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

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Replacing a 230-kV transformer at a substation in Morristown. • Upgrading a transformer bank to add capacity at a substation in Riverdale. • Replacing and installing updated equipment along 17 major circuits. JCP&L has also worked on trimming trees to maintain proper clearances around

electrical systems, to help prevent tree-related outages. JCP&L’s tree contractors have trimmed about 1,300 circuit miles of power lines since January and expect to trim another 2,100 miles by year end. Tree work also includes a $3 million effort to remove dead and dying ash trees affected by the Emerald Ash Borer before they can

cause damage. For updated company information, visit the 24/7 Power Center at firstenergycorp. com/outages. To help stay safe around electrical equipment while on the job, FirstEnergy offers important tips at contractorsafety.

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

Capitol Comments Senator Jim Holzapfel 10th Legislative District, Serving Toms River

BRICK - As World Elder Abuse Awareness Day approaches, State Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all R-10th) are reminding residents that elder abuse is a growing public health issue among people ages 60 and older. The 10th Legislative District lawmakers are also encouraging workers at the more than 900 state-regulated facilities that house

senior citizens to remain diligent and report any suspected cases of abuse as required under Peggy’s Law. Sponsored by Holzapfel, Wolfe and McGuckin, the law requires care facility staff to contact police within 24 hours if they suspect that an elderly person is being abused or exploited. “When families put their loved ones in the care of a nursing home or other assisted living facility, they

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Congressman Tom MacArthur WASHI NGTON, D.C. - Congressman MacArthu r has cosponsored three bills that will help make ou r com mu nities safer. This comes after Congress took real action in passing the Fix NICS Act and STOP School Violence Act, which were both signed into law in March. “I n t he af ter mat h of the devastating shooting i n Pa rk la nd , Cong re ss

passed meaningful legislation that strengthened ou r ba ckg rou nd che ck system and increased f u nd i ng t o se c u r e ou r schools. While these new laws will help, there is more that can be done,” said Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-3 rd ). “We h a ve s e e n t h e s y s t e m continually fail to protect ou r com mu nities f rom g u n v iolence. I have rev iewed leg isla-

Capitol Comments Senator Robert Menendez

NEWARK - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez hosted a reception in his Newark office to celebrate the exceptional, young New Jer-

seyans accepted this year to the U.S. military service academies. The group of 26 students included two students from Ocean

Elder Abuse Is An Unfortunate Reality rightly expect that they’ll be treated properly and with respect,” said Holzapfel. “This law holds both the operators of a facility and their staff accountable.” “World Elder Abu se Awareness Day is a good opportunity to remind people of the seriousness of this problem,” said Wolfe. “It also shows us how one person can make a huge difference. What allegedly happened to Peggy Marzolla is tragic and unacceptable. I commend her daughter Maureen for bringing this issue to our attention and her tireless efforts to ensure it became law.”

Peggy’s Law is named for 93-year-old Peggy Marzolla of Brick Township who died in 2010 due to injuries sustained at the nursing home where she was a resident. She suffered a broken eye socket, cheekbone, jaw, wrist, badly bruised elbow, a gash on her left shin and welts on her back. Facility staff said it was the result of a fall, but her daughter Maureen Marzolla-Persi didn’t believe their story. As a result, she reached out to Holzapfel, Wolfe and McGuckin for legislation to address the issue. “With Ocean County’s large senior population this

is an issue that resonates in our communities,” said McGuckin. “Being aware of a problem is the first step towards prevention. As we commemorate World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, it’s our hope that family members and caregivers will make an extra effort to ensure their loved ones and clients are being properly cared for and, if abuse is suspected, to notify the proper authorities.” Reports show that as many as five million senior citizens ages 60 and older are abused each year, but that only one in 14 cases are reported to authorities,

according to the National Council on Aging. Held annually on June 15 each year, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

New Gun Safety Legislation Proposed

tion and discussed next steps with members of o u r c o m m u n i t y. I a m cosponsoring additional bills which will ensure that our schools have the proper security personnel, and that more is done to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and those who pose a threat to themselves and others.” Congressman MacArthur cosponsored th ree bills t hat w ill a dd ress the issue of gun violence. T hese bills st reng t hen the federal prog rams to help schools pay for school resource officers

and security guards, furt h e r p r e ve nt d o m e s t ic abusers from purchasing firearms, and allow law enforcement to conf iscat e f i rearms when ordered by a Court. Rep. MacA r thu r also joi ned colleag ues on a bipartisan letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging “expeditious implementation of the STOP School Violence Act and other school security grant programs authorized and funded by Congress.” Summaries of legislation cosponsored by Congressman MacArthur: H.R. 5427 - School and

Student Safety Act, int roduced by Re p. Tom Marino (R-PA), this bill reauthorizes the COPS in Schools (CIS) program, which provided federal grants for hiring school resource officers (SRO) between 1999 and 2005. Reauthorizing this grant program will allow federal funding to help schools pay for trained resource of f i c e r s a n d s e c u r i t y guards who are capable of responding to active shooter situations. H.R. 3207 - Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act, was introduced by Rep. Debbie Dingell

(D -MI) and cu r rently has 99 cosponsors. This bipar tisan bill protects the sur vivors of dating violence and stalking by closi ng lo ophole s t h at allow known abusers and stalkers to access guns. H.R. 5717 - Jake Laird Act, this bipartisan bill prov ides g r a nt s to encourage states to adopt laws similar to Indiana’s 20 05 Ja ke L a i r d L aw, which allows local law enforcement to seize and retain firearms from individuals who are determined by a Court to be an im minent danger to themselves or others.

Ocean County Students Appointed To US Military Service Academies Cou nt y. T he nom i nees were joined by family, friends and the military academy screeners who recom mended them for appointment. “Our military academies accept only the best of the best to become the

next generation of officers to lead our forces in the protection of our nation and our freedoms,” Sen. Menendez said. “I am so proud of these extraordinary young New Jerseyans willing to serve our country. They will represent

our state well, and I wish them the very best of luck as they embark on this new adventure.” Sen. Menendez’s nominees for the service academ ies were chosen for their excellent academic records, leadership poten-

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tial and strong character, among other criteria: Lu ke G aut h ie r: L a c ey Township High School, U.S. Me rcha nt Ma r i ne Academy James Cuber: Manchester Township High School, U.S. Military Academy

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OPINIONS & COMMENTARY F EATURED L ETTER Hope For Safer Gun Laws Tragically, it is an irrefutable fact that America has a growing gun violence problem. Despite the unending string of school shootings, Congress refuses to take bold action. Rather, our elected officials choose to merely mourn the victims and rearrange the deck chairs. It surely does not take a team of scientists to determine that several root causes of this grave problem are the proliferation of guns and mental illness. It is also quite evident that Congress’s inaction is directly related to the influence of the well-financed gun lobby. Without a doubt, common sense laws w ill help keep weapons out of the hands of criminal

and other irresponsible persons. For star ters, Congress should enact a comprehensive background check law with no exceptions for gun shows or third party sales. Additionally, Congress should ban bump stocks and launch a thorough CDC study of gun violence. Fortunately, our state currently has fairly robust gun laws in place. However, there is always room for improvement. Encourage your state senator to pass the measures currently being discussed in Trenton. For a safer New Jersey, let’s strive to have the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. Luke Stango Jackson


Make Yourself Heard

The people of Toms River face an array of issues – taxes, traffic, the environment, education. Issues that will impact Toms River for years to come. And no doubt you have something to say about them. So what can you do to ensure that your voice gets heard? First and foremost, town cou ncil meetings. Let your officials know you’re

watching. You can also write letters to the editor to papers like ours. People follow their local papers and by writing about important issues, you spark vital discussion on topics that affect your life. Don’t allow yours to be a lone voice in the wilderness. Make yourself heard.

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Letters To The Editor Volunteering Creates A Rich School Environment It’s the time of year when kids are starting to think about summer, teachers can’t wait to be done, and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Executive Board members can taste the sweet relief associated with the last day of school. For me, the end of this school year is bittersweet. I will complete my service as PTO co-president after four long years. I’ll admit, I’ve dreamed about this day and so has my family, who bear the brunt of all the long hours, weekend planning, and non-stop fundraisers. I have one monthly board meeting left until I rotate off into parental obsolescence and join the masses who have no worldly school obligations beyond getting their kids to and from school each day. Now that my “job” is done, do I just pretend to be anonymous? Do I get to stop volunteering, showing up for events, donating money, socializing with parents, checking Facebook and the Remind system continuously to ensure I’m not missing something? This is where the rubber meets the road. We have a saying here at our PTO, “Before you complain, try volunteering.” If your school is anything like ours, there is a very small core group of parents and volunteers who show up for everything while the other 85 percent of parents send in money but don’t volunteer. Now I’m not complaining that they send in money and support our fundraisers. Trust me when I say we could not operate without their financial support. However, the number one excuse I’ve heard over the past seven years regarding why parents don’t volunteer is this: I work full-time. Really? So does the majority of our executive board and most of our volunteers, and yet we dedicate ourselves tirelessly to the children and the school. We come out in rain, snow, and heat so hot that you’re dripping the moment you walk into the

Letters To The Editor non-air-conditioned school. of the PTO and its sub-comDespite others’ lack of enthusiasm that matched mine, I kept chugging along these past few years, always secure in the knowledge that all our PTO did was for the children, and I still believe that with all my heart. Knowing that I’m helping to create a safe, happy, innovative environment for my children as they pass through elementary school is the No. 1 mission. Seven years ago, when my daughter began at school, I thought “I can use my professional business skills to help the PTO.” But as I reflect now, I realize, what I have learned in working with some amazing women and men are lifelong skills I’ll carry with me back into my professional life. I’ve earned stripes and grey hairs and more than a few battle scars in my endeavor to help the school. Volunteering is not that different from our “real lives” in the sense that we make choices, we commit ourselves to causes, and we beam with pride when it goes our way and lick our wounds when it doesn’t. So to all the parents out there who think they’re too busy, don’t want to “get involved in the politics” or are indifferent to becoming a school volunteer, I ask you this question: imagine what would be possible for your child, if you did? Now imagine what the landscape would look like if there was no PTO, no volunteers, no caring parents willing to show up at 7 a.m. on a Saturday or stay until 9 p.m. on a Sunday night to make life a little sweeter for the kids. Financially, the difference is this: you would be asked to contribute hundreds of dollars (or more) over the course of the school year toward assembly programs, operating costs, and all the parties, gifts, and food the PTO provides by running its fundraisers. As annoying as all those colored flyers may be, pulling out your checkbook is worse. Has your child ever complained they didn’t get an end of year gift, there was no yearbook this year, or that book fair was cancelled? All this and more would be impossible without the work

mittees. How much of a challenge would it be for you to volunteer twice throughout the course of a school year? Please, envision a school in which every parent does this. The ripple effect would be immediately noticeable in major and minor ways including the sense of pride the parent and child felt because of volunteering, the relationships that begin to form with teachers and staff, the familiarity parents begin to feel in working with PTO members and upon entering the school to smiling faces and hugs versus a request for ID, the pride they exhibit towards one another as part of the membership and on and on it goes. So, the next time someone from your school asks if you can volunteer, give them a different answer and commit yourself to taking a different path next year as you mentor your child about the benefits of volunteerism in society a lesson they’ll be sure to carry with them into their own adult lives. This is a call to action for parents throughout the United States: volunteering works, but you first have to show up.

MacArthur Doesn’t Advocate For Seniors

Holiday City South homeowners: I would like to specifically address the people who have made the move to Holiday City South in the past five years. I welcome you all. In my opinion this is the best overall senior community in this area and with your help and involvement, it will stay that way. If you have a complaint or comment, let your trustees know. This will make this community a better place to live. The future of Holiday City South belongs to you. I am a candidate in the trustee election on June 20. I would like to be re-elected for a second term. I would appreciate your support.

A recent letter, “MacArthur advocates for seniors” made statements that were vague and left out information that contradicts the statement. Before Obamacare, women were charged more, there were no caps on lifetime limits, seniors were faced with the “donut hole,” individuals with pre-existing conditions couldn’t get insurance or it was terribly expensive and more than twenty million people opted to enroll in Obamacare as well as other benefits from Obamacare. The MacArthur Amendment would turn back the clock and allow states to request waivers of pre-existing conditions, opting out of essential health benefits, mental health services, doctors’ services, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, prescription drug coverage and more. Even President Donald Trump described this healthcare bill with the MacArthur Amendment as “mean.” With the elimination of the individual mandate, insurance rates will increase significantly more than they would have. The irony is that everyone one of us was covered by insurance from prenatal care on, but politicians like MacArthur want to allow individuals to opt out when they feel they are healthy enough to take advantage of the system they benefited from. As far as taxes are concerned, Congressman MacArthur was the only one of the twelve Republican congressmen in New Jersey and New York to vote for the Trump tax plan. Everyone loses the personal exemption, state and local taxes are capped at $10,000, the national debt will increase hundreds of billions more each year and even Paul Ryan said he was looking to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security after the tax cut to offset the increased deficit it caused. Bracket creep is the stealth hidden problem in this tax plan. Each year a bigger tax bite will come out of taxpayers’ pockets and they won’t be the wiser. Thank you, Congressman MacArthur!

Paul R. Hueck Holiday City South Trustee

Joseph Lamb Sr. Brick

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Lakewood Police Audit Reveals Issues With Internal Affairs Procedures

By Kimberly Bosco LAKEWOOD – Following complaints regarding the operations and apparent failures of the Internal Affairs (IA) Unit of the Lakewood Police Department, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office (OCPO) conducted an audit investigation into the matter, finding issue with the operations of the unit. “This audit was the result of a complai nt t hey re ceived rega rd i ng ‘it s operations, failure to complete investigations, as well as failure to provide the information necessary for the annual public report.’ As result, issues were revealed and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office made several recommendations,” stated Police Chief Gregory Meyer in a post on the department’s website. The OCPO Internal Affairs Unit “supervises and assists the Internal Affairs Units of the Ocean County municipal police departments,” and makes sure t hey comply w it h t he NJ At tor ney General’s Internal Affairs Policy and Procedure, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato. In a letter addressed to Chief Meyer, dated May 14, 2018, Prosecutor Coronato explained that the OCPO has a responsibility to ensure that municipal police departments are adhering to this protocol as well as to investigate any and all complaints. In the audit of the Lakewood IA Unit, the OCPO found issues within the operations of the unit and provided recommendations to the department in order to remain consistent with the Attorney General’s policies. The letter outlined that IA must investigate misconduct repor ted f rom


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Ortley Beach Town Wide Garage Sale ORTLEY BEACH – There will be a town wide Garage Sale in Ortley Beach on Saturday, June 30 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Maps will be available throughout town, at the LavaJava in Lavallette and on our website, friendsofortleybeach. org. Also, if you would like to participate, a $10 contribution puts you on the map. You must contact Friends of Or tley Beach before June 28 at Rain date is July 1.

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GOLD BUYERS, LLC –Photo by Chris Lundy Members of the governing body congratulate Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey for helping people for 25 years. bara’s father, who lived elsewhere. By Chris Lundy Ultimately, the group has grown to encomTOMS RIVER – The Township Council congratulated Caregiver Volunteers of pass “Central Jersey,” providing a variety of services, including companionship, shopCentral Jersey on their 25th anniversary. The group got their start as a Toms Riv- ping, transportation, yard clean up, youth er-only group organized by Barbara and volunteer programs, Alzheimer’s respite Jack Devlin out of St. Joseph’s Church, care, multicultural outreach, veterans care, Councilwoman Laurie Huryk said. They pet therapy, and connection through music had been inspired by care received by Bar- programs.





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Children’s Specialized Hospital In Toms River Receives Donations

–Photo courtesy Jennifer Leone Luddy TOMS R I V ER – T he C h i ld r e n’s Specialized Hospital in Toms River received various donations as part of the Dioceses of Trenton “Hearts to Hospi-

tals” service project, where schools in the diocese collected more than 10,000 gifts and raised more than $11,000 in gift cards for children, and their families, who are being treated in area hospitals. On May 30, student representatives from St. Joseph School in Toms River, St. Peter School in Pt. Pleasant Beach, and St. Dominic School in Brick delivered gifts to Children’s Specialized Hospital in Toms River. Included in the presentations were: • Alexa Beck, St. Joseph School, Grade 8 • Sofia Kafarski, St. Peter School, Grade 7 • Caitlyn Warmkessel, St. Dominic School, Grade 8 • Alexis D’Anton, Com munit y Engagement Coordinator, Children’s Specialized Hospital

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County & Health Dept. Making Sure Swimming Water Is Clean By Kimberly Bosco OCEAN COUNTY – Ocean County officials announced that the Ocean County Health Department’s water sampling program has officially begun. “Each year the Ocean County Health Department has a full team of water samplers who visit 72 recreational swimming beaches on the ocean, bay and rivers and lakes throughout the county to take samples of water for testing to the lab located at the Ocean County Utilities Authority facility in Bayville,” according to Freeholder Director Gerry Little. Individual testing results are compiled and then sent to the State lab for review and publication. You can find results at “The residents of Ocean County and all our visitors should be aware that we are vigorous in ensuring that our swimming beaches are clean

and safe,” stated Freeholder Director Little. “Reports of beach closures elsewhere in the State naturally raise concern but Ocean County has for many years tested our swimming areas throughout the County continuously from before Memorial Day weekend to after Labor Day weekend so our residents and visitors can feel safe going into the water.” Public Health Coordinator Daniel Regenye also noted that excessive rainfall can impact water quality due to runoff into local lakes and rivers. If testing results ever show less than acceptable results, that swimming area would be temporarily closed and tested daily until results demonstrate safer water quality, according to Regenye. “Last year over 450 inspections were conducted throughout Ocean County to insure safe swimming can be enjoyed by all residents and visitors,” added Regenye.

Jon Stewart At Count Basie, Raising Funds For Basie Center

By Kimberly Bosco RED BANK – Come see popular comedian Jon Stewart at the Count Basie Center for the Arts on June 17 at 8 p.m.! Stewart will be taking part in an interview and an audience Q&A session. “I’m happy to appear at the Basie for a great cause – the Count Basie,” Stewart said. “The expansion going on at the center is going to keep Monmouth County the center of ‘Jersey’s premier arts communities.” Stewart is a prominent social and comedic figure, long-time host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and a New York Times best-selling author. Having been nominated 56 times for an Emmy Award, he now has a first-look deal with HBO and is an executive producer on CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Tickets cost between $75 and $250. Customers are limited to 4 ticket purchases per household. You can purchase tickets at theBASIE.

org, 732-842-9000, or at the Basie box office. All proceeds will benefit the Basie Center’s capital campaign project, a $26 million project that will expand the facility into a true, regional center for the arts. It will feature a Jay And Linda Grunin Arts And Education Building, a second performance venue, space for the Basie Performing Arts Academy, and upgrades to the backstage theater area. A second phase of the campaign will expand the Basie Theater’s lobby, restrooms, concessions areas, and add a new, outdoor public arts plaza. “We’re honored that Jon is lending his support to the Count Basie Center,” said Adam Philipson, President and CEO, Count Basie Center for the Arts. “Proceeds from this evening will go directly towards construction of our new center. It’s impossible to express how much this means to us. Jon’s dedication to the region, the Basie and the arts in general is invaluable.”


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Toms River Receives Third Highest Clean Communities Grant In NJ

By Kimberly Bosco TOMS RIVER – Toms River recently received a Clean Communities grant for litter cleanup projects as part of the New Jersey Clean Communities program. The Clean Communities Grant from NJ D e p a r t m e n t of E nv i r o n m e n t a l P r o t e c t io n ( NJ DE P) w a s g ive n t o Toms River Township in the amount of $209,273, the third-highest behind Jersey City and Newark. This grant is par t of a total $17.2 million in Clean Communities grants to municipalities and $2.2 million to the state’s 21 counties. “This funding provides an additional resou rce for keeping ou r Tow nship Clean Communities program sustainable. We are gratef ul for this grant from the New Jersey Depar tment of Environmental Protection and proud of the work we have done to remove litter from our streets and waterways, making Toms River a more beautiful place to live and work,” said Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher. The Clean Communities grants help to fund cleanup projects for stormwater systems, public property, and beaches, as well as provide public information and education and purchase litter collection equipment. Toms River plans to use its grant to pay the salaries of three Clean Communities employees and to fund equip-

ment, educational and safety training programs and litter removal projects throughout the year. For example, the educational component includes the Public Works Department tours and “Rocky” the Recycling Robot, who performs educational skits at Toms River Elementary schools. “We are also excited to announce that this year the Toms River Clean Com mu n it ie s prog r a m w i l l lau nch a brand-new water debris collection program employing the use of a vessel purchased with funds from last year’s grant,” said Kelaher. “We have had a great relationship with the NJDEP over the years. Toms River Educational Specialist John Clark has developed a Clean Communities Excellence in education award winning program on non-point source pollution, which has been viewed by nearly 1,500 f irst and second grade children this year,” said Lou Amoruso, Public Works Director for the Township. The township works hard to keep the community clean, by offering “Adopta-Highway” and “Adopt-a-Spot” programs, and sponsoring cleanup projects on the Township’s public lands, roadsides and beaches. “By taking care of the environment around us, we encourage others to do the same in their own com munities and build pride across the state,” said Mayor Kelaher.

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changing. Always keep spares on hand, and remember to remove and store batteries at room temperature apart from your hearing aids when not wearing them. Ask for a “battery caddy.” Replace the Wax Guard: Put your hearing aid’s wax guard — which helps protect against the damaging accumulation of wax, skin particles, and debris — on a monthly change schedule. Also, if your technology isn’t functioning properly even with fresh batteries, it may be time to change the wax guard. Skip the Pockets: Pockets seem naturally convenient for carrying loose hearing aids and batteries while on the go, but not so fast! Keep your devices in their case to avoid losing or getting debris on them, and place batteries where they won’t come into contact with keys, coins, and other metals, which can cause battery discharge and other problems. Self-care of your hearing aids is an important part of keeping them performing their best, and periodic clean and checks with our caring professionals will identify and address any damage or other problems that might otherwise be harder to spot. Dr. Izzy and his Staff are always available to answer your questions regarding hearing care. Contact us to schedule a complimentary clean & check today at 732-8183610 or visit

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

Eat Bananas In The Pursuit Of Happiness By Suzy Cohen, R. Ph. Most bananas are peeled and eating within one minute. That’s according to The Guiness Book of World Records. While not officially amazing in my opinion, the most bananas peeled and eaten in one minute is 8 and was accomplished by a man named Patrick “Deep Dish” Bertoletti, a competitive eater. Because bananas have a constipating effect on your digestion, this guy was probably constipated for days, lol! Bananas have a tremendous amount of medicinal applications. For one, the peel of a banana is known as a home remedy to promote wound healing from minor burns. The actual fruit could have substantial impact on several illnesses, including depression. Last year in 2017, the crop which sells about 145 million tons of bananas (worldwide) came under attack. A deadly fungus spread through plantations, and simultaneously, bacterial disease killed some plantations in Africa. Bananas are not doomed don’t worry, and that’s a good thing if you have depression or Parkinson’s disease which are due in part to low dopamine. Dopamine is a happy brain chemical, it’s your body’s natural antidepressant. Dopamine is what makes you want to garden or golf for example, to dance, laugh and do fun hobbies. Healthy dopamine levels are critical for movement and coordination. With declining levels of dopamine, or dopamine receptor insensitivity, you could see Parkinson’s like symptoms, depression, bladder dysfunction, obesity, memory loss, sometimes attention problems and unexplained fear or anxiety spells. So where do bananas fall into this discussion? In their small way, they contribute a

chemical that helps you make dopamine! They are naturally high in an amino acid called tyrosine which is part of the dopamine chemical structure. Without tyrosine, you can’t make dopamine or thyroid hormone for that matter! Dopamine and thyroid hormone are two primary “happy” brain chemicals. So if you’re in the pursuit of happiness, go bananas! In some strange banana news, a British man was driving in Taiwan and he threw his banana peel out the car window. A Taiwanese man, who saw this act of littering, followed him and confronted him at a red light. The man said, “Littering is unethical and uncivilized behavior.” While I do agree, I don’t think I would have chased someone down over a flying banana peel. Bananas could possibly help with diabetes due to the pectin and resistant starch. Leg cramps could be soothed by the amount of potassium and magnesium in bananas. And some research suggests anti-cancer effects. I’ve written an extensive article on the health benefits of bananas and if you’d like to read that version, sign up for my free newsletter at In the meantime, here are 7 ideas to help you go bananas! 1. Just peel and eat 2. Add a banana to your smoothie 3. Make banana chocolate chip bread or muffins 4. Make banana chips with a dehydrator 5. Dip bananas into melted chocolate then freeze the pop 6. Make banana tea by boiling it in water, I have a recipe at my site. 7. For breakfast make banana nut collagen pancakes

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Ocean County Primary Election Results

By Kimberly Bosco OCEAN COUNTY – In the upcoming November 2018 election, there will be two names on the ballot for Ocean County Surrogate, and four for Ocean County Freeholders. These candidates are evenly split between Republican and Democratic.

The results of the 2018 primary for Surrogate show: • Jef f rey W. Mor a n , Re publ ica n: 24,907 votes • Kieran E. Pillion, Jr., Democrat: 14,761 votes Each of these candidates won the majority as they were the only can-

didates for their party on the ballot. Moran took home 99.8 percent of votes for Republicans, the other .2 percent write-ins. Pillion took home 99.85 percent of votes for Democrats, the other .15 percent also write-ins. For the Board of Chosen Freeholders: • John C. Bartlett, Jr., Republican:

24,711 votes Gerry P. Little, Republican: 24,226 Teddy P r ice, Democ r at: 14,631 votes • Vince Minichino, Democrat: 14,063 votes Bartlett took the majority of Republican votes by slim margins, with 50.41 percent of the total 49,024 votes. Little received 49.42 percent of votes, leaving the other .18 percent to write-ins. Price took the majorit y of Democratic votes with just 50.91 percent of the total 28,741 votes. Minichino took home 48.93 percent of votes, leaving the remaining .16 percent to write-ins. All two Surrogate candidates and all four Freeholder candidates will be on the ballot in November, where only one from each party will be able to represent their party. • •

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Toms River District’s 2nd NEA Big Read Program Bridging The Gap Between Students & Vets By Kimberly Bosco

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TOMS RIVER – Toms River Regional Schools is the recipient of a $15,000 grant from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Arts Midwest to host the NEA Big Read for the second year in a row. The district is one of only 79 institutions in the nation to receive this grant this year. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support opportunities for communities across the nation, both small and large, to take part in the NEA Big Read,” said NEA Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “This program encourages people not only to discuss a book together, but be introduced to new perspectives, discuss the issues at the forefront of our own lives, and connect with one another at events.” During the 2017-2018 school year, Toms River schools became one of the first two public school districts ever to receive the NEA Big Read grant. The grant was used to host a month of activities centered on the post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven. For the 2018-2019 school year, from mid-February to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day on March 29, the district will host activities and discussion on the novel The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. The book is a collection of short stories about the Vietnam War. “This past October, NEA Big Read proved to be not only a fun and engaging way to promote literacy, but a means of uniting people throughout Toms River,” said Superintendent David Healy. “This award for the coming year further cements our involvement in Big Read and our capacity to host wide-scale programs, and it’s also on the continuum of our efforts in student achievement, literacy, and community partnerships.” For the upcoming school year, the district will be working with various partners to host the Big Read including: Ocean County Library, Ocean County College, the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce, Ocean County Health Department, local veterans and TRRS alumni, NAVAIR, Ocean County Tourism, and Warrior Writers. With the largest veteran population in New Jersey, Toms River township and the school district intends to use this program to create intergenerational bonds between students and

vets and spark conversation. “What seems to appeal to the NEA and Arts Midwest about our approach is the fact that we really strive to relate our selected novel to Toms River,” said High School English Language Arts Supervisor Tonya Rivera. “This past year we successfully connected a contemporary, post-apocalyptic novel to Superstorm Sandy, and next year we plan to use The Things They Carried not only to discuss the broader issue of war, but the figurative weights we carry as a township, and as classmates, families, and friends. This will open the door to exploring challenging and personal topics like mental health and addiction.” Members of the district have already begun planning the upcoming program, which will incorporate a mini poetry festival, family book clubs, and collaborative events with OCL such as a “Music of the Vietnam Era” showcase. “Toms River has almost 7,000 veterans,” said Emily Mazzoni, Ocean County Library’s principal librarian of teen services. “We look forward to this Big Read as a literary bridge between generations. Our programs will center around the parallels of the 1960s generation and today’s generation, including teen empowerment, engagement and advocacy.” The program has not only enabled the district to do all of this, but with additional funding from district partners, students will get a special appearance and discussion from the book’s author, Tim O’Brien on March 28, 2019. “From Toms River Mayor Tom Kelaher, to members of our Board of Education, to numerous district staff members, veterans comprise a large and extremely important element of our township’s makeup,” said Board of Education President Russell Corby. “Our board proudly supports a program that will spotlight our service members and veterans. NEA Big Read has proven to be a unique way to highlight student achievement while uniting this community and it’s brought some well-deserved national attention to Toms River.” You can find more information about events and activities on the district’s NEA Big Read website, as well as on its social media channels and those of its partners. Any institutions in Toms River interested in partnering with the district on this and other initiatives may contact grant writer Mike Kenny at 732-505-5500 ext. 500053.


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Toms River Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Theft & Money Laundering By Kimberly Bosco

TOMS RIVER – The Toms River man convicted for using his securities trading company to steal more than $400,000 from investors back in May has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison, according to Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. Jeffrey D. Griffin, Jr., 43, of Toms River, was sentenced to 10 years by Superior Court Judge Joseph Portelli in Passaic County on June 7. Griffin has also been ordered to pay full restitution. Griffin was convicted on five counts, charging him with theft by deception, misapplication of entrusted property, two counts of violation of New Jersey’s Uniform Securities Act, and money laundering, all in the second degree, on May 8. “Our strong message to dishonest agents in the investment industry is that if you break the law and cheat New Jersey investors out of their hard-earned savings, we will prosecute you and make you pay,” said Attorney General Grewal. “This defendant betrayed his clients to serve his own greed, but now he will serve time in prison, thanks to our trial team and all of the investigators in the Division of Criminal Justice and Bureau of Securities whose outstanding collaboration secured this verdict.” Griffin was previously found guilty of stealing funds from investors by depositing them into his securities trading company and then using the money for personal expenses. “Griffin’s clients trusted him to invest in legitimate investment vehicles for their benefit, but he repaid their trust by stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of their money,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We will aggressively investigate these egregious and criminal violations of trust and prosecute those responsible to the full extent of the law.” According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, from August 2010 through July 2011, Griffin stole $408,000 from four investors – three men and one woman. The funds were deposited by Griffin into his newly formed company, Tricep Trading

LLC. Griffin had worked as a stockbroker for another investment firm, but he left that firm to form Tricep in August 2010. The three men had been clients of Griffin at the prior firm, and Griffin led two of them to believe that their funds were still being invested through that firm or through a new division of the firm that Griffin was heading. One had $100,000 of his funds deposited into the Tricep business account without his knowledge. He received checks totaling $39,000 from Griffin before Tricep ran out of funds, for a net loss of $61,000. Griffin told the other three victims that he would be investing on their behalf through hedge fundtype investments or day trading. The other two men each invested $25,000 and received no returns. The woman invested $324,000 and received $27,000 in checks from Griffin, for a net loss of $297,000. Griffin transferred funds from the Tricep business account into his personal account and used the Tricep account to make numerous ATM withdrawals and retail purchases. He transferred $25,000 from Tricep to a firm that engaged in real estate flipping, but did not record that as an investment for Tricep. He used another $120,000 – which he first transferred to his personal account – to open an account with a day trading firm that prohibits members from trading other investors’ money. By May 2011, Tricep was out of funds. Griffin’s registration as an agent of a broker-dealer was revoked in 2013 by the Bureau of Securities and he was also permanently barred him from associating with any broker-dealer or investment adviser conducting business in New Jersey. It also assessed a $125,000 civil penalty against Griffin and Tricep. Investors who believe they have been defrauded are urged to contact the Division of Criminal Justice toll free at 866-TIPS-4CJ (866-847-7425) or the Bureau of Securities toll free at 866-I-INVEST (866-446-8378). Griffin represented himself at trial.

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CLASSIFIEDS For Rent Rentals – 1 BR/1BA & 2 BR/1.5BA homes. Homestead Run 55+ Community Clubhouse, Pool, Activities - Toms River. www.homesteadrun. com. Call 732-370-2300. (26) Furnished Home - 2BR. Ortley Beach. AC. Newly renovated. Rare yearly rented on island. 1 1/2 blocks to ocean. $1,500 monthly, security plus utilities. 732-793-2108. (26)

Real Estate LVW - Move in ready. Remodeled Strafford for sale by owner. $176,900. Gas heat, HW floors, maplewood cabinets. Call 646-330-7152. (25)

Mobile For Sale Mobile Home For Sale - Located at West Bay Village, Manahawkin off of Rt. 9, 1988, manufactured by Kropf, 12 X 35, 420 sq. ft., 1 BA, 1 BR with walk-in closet & extra door to bathroom, Kit/LR combo, screened porch, deck off slider in LR, private street. Needs work. Asking $1,000. Offers considered. Call 908-638-5099. (27)

For Sale FOR SALE, June 16 inside home sale - ALL MUST GO. Kitchen, bedroom, dressers, tools, etc. Make offer. Starts at 10 a.m. 11B Dove St., Manchester Township in Cedar Glen West. (26)

Yard Sale Village - wide yard sale - Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crestwood Village 7, Whiting. Raindate June 23. Maps of participating homes at Fernwood Clubhouse 1 Falmouth Drive. Follow balloons on mailboxes. Over 70 households. Lots of good stuff. Come find your treasure. (26)

Boat For Sale 2004 Hydrosport - 23ft walk around. Seldom used boat in good shape. Needs new engine. Asking $7,000/OBO. 732-801-1184 for information. (27)

Auto For Sale 2003 Chrysler 300M - Garaged. All recommended maintenance. Looks and runs like new. 609-339-0069. (26)

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

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) 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) Cash - Top dollar, paid for junk, cars running and nonrunning, late model salvage, cars and trucks, etc. 732-928-3713. (29) CASH PAID!! - LP records, stereos, turntables, musical instruments, guitar, saxophone, cassettes, reel tapes, music related items. Come to you. 732-804-8115. (35)

Misc. Silver Ridge Clubhouse Flea Market first Saturday of every month. For more info call 848-251-3329. (t/n) A lady from Italy, living in either Toms River or Brick - We spoke recently about you helping me with cooking, ironing, etc. I lost your telephone number. Please call Cynthia at 732-899-3661 or 201-960-0222. (26)

Help Wanted Micromedia 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@jersey EOE. (t/n) HHA / CNA - PRIVATE (with or without) active license. Toms River. Adult male care for weekends, Fri. Sat. Sun. 7-9 a.m. and 7-8 p.m. (9 hrs). Must be reliable. $13. hr to start. Cell: 941-726-4360. (26) Bartender needed for Mantoloking From time to time. Please call 732-8993661 or 201-960-0222 Cynthia. (26) PT Church Secretary - Christ Lutheran Church, Whiting, is looking for a part time church secretary, 15 hours per week (five hours a day, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). The candidate must have strong computing, organizational, and verbal & written communication skills, and be familiar with desktop publishing software. Interested candidates may email their resume and a cover letter to the pastor at (27) AVIAN, LLC - is seeking a Program Analyst to handle Risk Management and execute a newly revised Risk, Issue and Opportunity (RIO) process in a NAVAIR program office. For full job description, please visit our website at www.avianllc. com. Position ID # 1543. (29) 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)

Help Wanted 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 732-363-5530 or email your resume to Experienced Landscaper - Who has experience in all areas of residential landscaping. 30-40 hours a week. No lawn cutting. Own transportation. Brick 732-678-7584. (t/n) 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) Aluminum Installer to build Sunrooms - and screenrooms in Ocean County. 5 years experience minimum. Will not train. Call Porch King 609-607-0008. (t/n)





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All Around Yard And Home Maintenance – Outdoor, indoor work done to your satisfaction. Cleaning, home repairs, yard upgrades, etc. References upon request. Very diligent. Fair estimates. Eddie Zsoka 732-608-4781. (31)

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. (32)

Electrician - Licensed/Insured. Will do the jobs the big guys don’t want. Free estimates, senior discount. Call Bob 732608-7702. LIC #12170. (40)

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. (27)

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Need A Ride - Airports, cruise, A.C., doctors. Save $$$. Senior discounts. Tom. Save ad. 551-427-0227. (40) Paint Your Rooms - Fast, clean, neat. Starting at $50 per room. Exteriors, powerwashing. 609994-7507 leave message. (25)

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Bobs Waterproofing - Basement and crawlspace waterproofing. Mold testing, removal and prevention. Family owned. Fully licensed and insured. Call Bob 732-616-5007. (t/n) Dee’s Cleaning Service - Cleaning homes like yours since 1994. Senior discounts. References provided upon request. Insured. Call Dee 732-552-6633. (25) The Original Family Fence A fully licensed and insured company in Ocean County has specialized in unique fence repairs and installations around the Garden State for over 35 years. We want your gate repairs, sectional repairs, and new installation inquiries! No job is too small for us to tend to in a day’s time. Call us today for your free estimate You might just be surprised with what is possible. NJ LIC: 13VH09125800. Phone 732773-3933, 732-674-6644. (37)

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HSN Baseball Wins Second Straight Shore Conference Championship

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District Celebrates 3rd Driven To Excellence Event

TOMS R I V ER – The Toms R iver Regional Schools held its 3rd Driven to Excellence culminating celebration in the RWJBar nabas Health Arena today where High School North junior Jessica Ruppert won a new car! The event was built around the idea for the district to help bolster student success th rough positive reinforcement. To do this, juniors and seniors from each of the district’s three high s c h o ol s w e r e n o m i n a t e d m o n t h l y th roughout the school year by their tea che r s, a d m i n ist r ator s, g u id a nce cou n selor s, a nd st udent a ssist a nce counselors. Students were nominated for demons t r a t i n g g o o d c h a r a c t e r, s h ow i n g strong work ethic, or improving either aca dem ically or socially a nd emo t ionally. Each month, 10 0 st udent names were d raw n f rom among the dozens nominated, based on school

population. The names that were drawn monthly went into a bin on June 1 and six names were randomly drawn during the Driven to Excellence event. The six students whose names were drawn were each given a key fob to tr y on the 2018 Chevrolet Spark. The person whose key fob made the car illuminate was the winner! The car was donated by the Pine Belt Family of Dealerships and Vice President Rob Sickel attended the event to present the winner with the keys. But, it wasn’t all about winning the car. Ever y student chosen throughout t he school yea r wa s i nv ited to t he arena to participate in friendly games which pitted each high school against the other. A great time was had by al l who pa r t icipat e d a nd eve r yone enjoyed lunch generously donated by Jersey Mike’s.

Jersey Cares: Volunteer at People’s Pantry

TOMS RIVER – Volunteer at People’s Pantry Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Jersey Cares is a non-profit community-based organization that works to meet compelling community needs by encouraging civic engagement. We are looking for volunteers to serve at the People’s Pantry in Toms River on Tuesdays and/ or Thursdays. Visit our website at for additional information or to register to volunteer.

Dancing In The Rain Dance Party TOMS RIVER –SRPE Entertainment presents a Dancing in the Rain Dance Party on August 25 from 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks! Coffee, tea, and pastries will be served. There will be music by DJ Johnny. Admission is $7. Tickets are on sale in the office, 979 Edgebrook Dr., Monday through Friday July 2 to August 20. For more information, call Sandy at 732279-6608.

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ISLAND HEIGHTS – Come explore the newly installed “Jersey-Friendly Garden” at the Island Heights Branch on June 26, 2-3 p.m. We will showcase the native and “Jersey-friendly” plants, and discuss the numerous benefits to wildlife and to the Barnegat Bay watershed that these colorful and hardy plants provide. Please register.

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Omarr’s Astrological Forecast For the week of JUNE 16 - JUNE 22 By Jeraldine Saunders

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr. 19): Keep up the pace. There will be little chance of boredom setting in as enthusiasm and drive will keep you well-suited to meeting deadlines and timetables. Don’t expect everyone to share your passion for a subject. TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): There’s no ship like friendship. You should feel honored when someone approaches you for advice or a favor because that means they trust and respect you. Be objective even when it doesn’t fit your agenda. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Following your heart could lead you astray. Use logic and reason to draw your conclusions as emotions could ultimately be your enemy today. Try to devote attention to activities that have educational value. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Put a little spring in your step. Some excess energy may make it a little easier to get motivated and get things done in the week ahead. Hold off on the urge to make changes as conditions may shift by the middle of the week. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Pay attention. Avoid miscommunication and confusion by making sure everyone is on the same page before a new project begins. Careful planning will be the key factor that decides if you achieve success or failure this week. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Contents may explode under pressure. It may be better to confide your troubles to a friend or confidant rather than keeping them bottled up inside. Look on the bright side as you may be taking things too seriously.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22.): Make it so. You are tuned in to what impresses others or makes them happy so all that is left is to do it if that is your goal. Conventional wisdom may not work when a problem requires a creative solution. SCORPIO (Oct. 23- Nov. 21): Get off to a good start. First impressions may be especially important this week so be at your best when meeting new people. Mind your manners as it may be hard to tell when being too casual is inappropriate. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Whatever floats your boat. Finish off the weekend by doing the things that you want to do, not what you have to do. You may be fascinated by things that you would normally find strange or unusual. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Some issues may fall into a gray area. It may be difficult to reach a conclusion as the facts surrounding an issue may be clouded or distorted. Hold off on making decisions until more information is available. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Find your center. Tranquility and relaxation are the keys to easing tensions and recharging your batteries for the long week ahead. Don’t worry about things today that you can put off until tomorrow. PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): Stay in your lane. Work toward the goal you set out to accomplish as distractions may conspire to derail your progress. Stick with those who share your opinions as differing points of view will create friction.


wolfgang puck’s kitchen Spring In Summer: You Can Enjoy These Irresistible Hors D’oeuvres All Year Long By Wolfgang Puck EGGPLANT AND GOAT CHEESE CRISPS Makes 24 pieces 4 or 5 medium-sized Japanese eggplants or other long, slender eggplants, 7 to 8 inches (17.5 to 20 cm) long, about 3/4 pound (375 g) total weight, left unpeeled Kosher salt Freshly ground white pepper 1/2 cup (125 mL) olive oil, plus extra as needed 6 ounces (185 g) fresh creamy goat cheese 1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped pitted black olives 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour, plus extra as needed 3 or 4 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup (250 mL) fine fresh breadcrumbs, plus extra as needed Peanut oil or vegetable oil for deep-frying Trim the ends of the eggplants. Cut each one lengthwise into slices about 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick and 6 to 7 inches (15 to 17.5 cm) long. Select the 24 best slices, setting aside the remainder to chop up and include in a vegetable stew or other preparation. Lightly season the slices with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Working in batches and taking care not to overcrowd the pan, saute the eggplant slices in a single layer until tender and lightly golden on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer the slices to paper towels to drain and cool, adding more oil to the pan as needed

to saute remaining slices. In a small bowl, thoroughly stir together the goat cheese and olives. Using about 1 teaspoonful for each crisp, scoop up the mixture and form 24 small balls, placing each ball near one end of a cooled eggplant slice. Carefully roll up the slice, tucking in the sides as you do to completely enclose the filling in the eggplant. Secure with a thin wooden skewer or long wooden toothpick. In a deep, heavy saucepan or an electric deep fryer, heat about 3 inches (7.5 cm) of the peanut oil to a temperature of 350 F (175 C) on a deep-frying thermometer or the deep fryer thermostat. Meanwhile, arrange the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in separate bowls side by side near the stove or the deep fryer. When the oil is hot, one at a time, lightly coat each eggplant ball with flour, shaking off the excess; then, dip it into the egg and finally roll it in the bread crumbs to coat it evenly. As you finish coating each eggplant ball, carefully place each one in the hot oil and cook until deep golden brown, 30 seconds. (Take care not to overcrowd the oil, cooking in batches as necessary.) As each ball is done, use a metal slotted spoon or wire skimmer to remove it from the oil, transferring it to clean paper towels to drain. Arrange the eggplant crisps on a platter and serve immediately, leaving the skewers or toothpicks in if you like for easy serving as an hors d’oeuvre. Or carefully slide out the skewers or toothpicks if adding the crisps to a salad or another dish.

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