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Fire Departments Getting New Equipment By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESTER – Two volunteer fire departments will be getting much-needed replacement equipment at the cost of about $181,000. The Manchester Township Council approved the appropriation of $195,000 from its capital improvement fund to purchase equipment for the Manchester and Whiting fire companies. That equipment includes Scott Bottles, Scott Paks

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–Photos by Jennifer Peacock (Above) The Manchester Volunteer Fire Company will get new Scott bottles, the air cylinders used by firemen during a call. (Right) Whiting Volunteer Fire Company will get new Scott bottles, paks and masks that are interoperable with the other departments’ equipment.

Georgian Court Breaks Past Win Record By Chris Christopher LAKEWOOD – Put a winning season into the books for the Georgian Court University women’s volleyball team. The Lions were 22-10 overall, including 12-4 at home. They were 16-3 in the seven-team Central Atlantic Athletic Conference South Division for a tie for second place with Thomas Jefferson University. GCU’s 16 CACC wins were the program’s most since 2009. Its 22 overall wins are the most

in a single season since 2009. The Lions finished the 2018 season with the third highest overall wins total in the 14-team conference. They fell to Post University 3-1 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament semifinals. “Overall, we are generally happy with the season,” seventh-year Georgian Court coach Dan Sempkowski said. “However, our expectation was to win the conference championship. We knew we were an improved

team from last year just from the fact we did not have any seniors in 2017. Our team at minimum was a year more experienced in addition to the hard work everyone put in and some key additions through recruitment.” Earlier this season, the Lions topped host Post 3-0. “I am not sure I would say we under achieved,” Sempkowski said. “We just did not win the biggest matches when we needed to.” (Record - See Page 5)


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–Photos courtesy Manchester Township School District Science students from the high school engaged internationally renowned molecular biologist Dr. Clarissa Rios Rojas on her research and work with the European Union. By Jennifer Peacock MANCHESTER – Molecular biologist Dr. Clarissa Rios Rojas Skyped several Manchester Township High School science classes recently. The students gathered in the school’s auditorium to hear about Rojas’ research into how cells contribute to sex determination and how sex cells create organs. She’s also the founder and director of Ekpa’palek, an organization that offers professional development programs to Latin American students and young professionals. The name comes from an indigenous language called Shiwilu from the Peruvian jungle and means “to help a person walking.” Rojas, who hails from Peru, delivered her talk from The Netherlands. She recently moved there from Italy. She’s currently working with the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s science and knowledge service that employs scientists whose independent scientific advice shapes EU policy. “Rojas was selected as champion of UN Women for the economic empowerment of women, a UNESCO delegate, an emerging leader in the Atlantic Dialogues and also at the Asian Forum on Global Governance, an adviser to the Women Economic Forum and a member of the Global Young Academy,” (Scientist - See Page 4)


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minutes air time, Markulic said. The new trucks have 45-minute bottles, as will the new truck that should be arriving by the end of this year for Whiting. “It is our mission to have interoperability between all three squads so they can share equipment in case trucks break down as well as have the ability to share equipment on large scale incidents with multiple departments present,” Markulic explained. “The 30-minute bottle system and 45-minute bottle system are not interoperable. Since Whiting’s new truck will have the longer lasting oxygen bottles we must upgrade their remaining equipment to match the new truck as well as to match Ridgeway’s current supply as well as the replacement bottles Manchester will be purchasing in this order.” The initial estimated for equipment totaled $195,000. Markulic said the township shopped around and was able to secure better pricing for the approximately $181,000 price tag. Any money not used for the equipment in this purchase will be put back into the capital expenditure coffers.



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Continued From Page 1 Sempkowski said this year’s team was strong in several phases of the sport. “Passing and defense were the keys as well as balancing our offense out,” he said. “We were an extremely well-rounded team that hoped to run all of its hitters as opposed to focusing on either one or two hitters. Passing and ball control helped us do that. The team worked hard.” The Lions’ 5-foot-10 Amy Bruno, a junior right side hitter-middle blocker from Barnegat High School, earned first team all-conference honors. She was fifth on the Lions in points with 224 and added 170 kills, 80 blocks and 16 digs. “Amy comes into every volleyball season in the best shape of her life,” Sempkowski said. “She is physically among the most dominant athletes on the f loor in every match. She had some knee and shoulder issues, mostly tendinitis, as well for 2018. Both were minimal issues this year because of all of the rehabilitation work she did all year. Blocking and hitting are always Amy’s strong points. “Amy is on the quiet side. She is someone who is a doer as opposed to talking about it.” Sempkowski said he saw Bruno compete at the club and high school levels. “We felt her physicality would translate to our level (NCAA Division II),” he said. “Fortunately, we were correct. She was recruited to play right side, but filled in at middle blocker due to the team’s need in 2017. She had such a great year that we kept her there for 2018. We hope Amy continues to improve on her consistency as well as in the f lexibility to play multiple positions.” Shana Rayside, a 6-foot-1 junior right side hitter from Lakewood, paced the Lions in blocks (81) and was second on the team in kills (244). She added 49 digs and was third on the team in points with 290. She scored 10 kills in the semifinals. “Shana took the biggest jump forward of any of our returning athletes,” said Sempkowski, a former Ramapo College men’s standout and ex-assistant men’s coach at the NCAA Division III school. “On the court, she became much more consistent and helped us win many games. Off the court, she stepped up and took a role in our leadership core. Hitting and blocking are her strong points. She was the leading blocker in our conference at her position. “Shana came into this year in the best shape of her life. Her on the court experience is really starting to take over. We expect her to be the best right side in the conference in 2019.” Former Toms River East player Jaime Sweeney, a 5-foot-6 sophomore setter, was second in the CACC with 336 assists and added 151 digs. She handed out 15 assists in the semifinals. “Her setting abilities helped us to run our offense and have as much success as we did,” Sempkowski said. “Whether she was either starting or coming off the

The Manchester Times, December 8, 2018, Page 5 bench, she did a great job of bringing some consistency to the team and the offense. Her experience and being around the program certainly helped.” Senior outside hitter-right side hitter Jessica Sipili, a Lakewood resident who played for Monsignor Donovan (now Donovan Catholic), posted 11 kills and 26 digs. She’s 5-foot-10. “Jessica was a returning captain and one of the biggest leaders in our leadership core,” Sempkowski said. “She is also one of our brightest athletes who truly gets the job done in the classroom. She is simply a role model in everything she does.” Sophomore outside hit ter Aubrey Binkley, a Toms River North product, was third on the team in digs (249) and kills (241) and second on the club in points (309 1/2). She added 21 assists. The 5-foot-10 Binkley notched 10 kills in the semifinals. “Aubrey is an all-around strong athlete who rarely gets rattled by the situation,” Sempkowski said. “When she is on, she helps us win in every way. When one aspect of her game is off, she still helps us win by being able to do so much more

- hitting, blocking, passing, defense and serving tough. She played in 114 sets this year because she can simply help us in so many ways. She took a bigger role on the offensive side this year than she did last year.” Senior outside hitter-right side hitter Peggy Rosario, who hails from Puerto Rico, was an all-conference second-team selection. She paced the Lions in points (356), kills (298) and digs (255) and added 15 blocks. She led the Lions in kills each season. She’s 5-foot-10. “Her on the court contributions cannot be ignored,” Sempkowski said. “She ended her career among our statistical leaders in kills, digs and aces. She was in great shape this year. She clearly worked hard all summer. Her consistency improved this year.” The team’s captains were Rosario, Sipili, Rayside, Binkley and freshman Grace Fenn, a 6-foot middle blocker-right side from Phoenix, Az. “We ran a leadership core which was a little different, but with the hope of building more leaders for future teams,” Sempkowski said.

While on the recruiting trail, Sempowski looks for several qualities in athletes. “The obvious things are the player’s volleyball skills, potential and general athletic abilities,” he said. “Other important pieces to us are strong academics, leadership qualities and other off the court intangibles. At the end of the day, we want athletes who love volleyball. Few people love early morning workouts, but if you love volleyball and see where those workouts will take you, then you’ll have on the court success and volleyball won’t seem like a job when you get to college. “In general, the team consists of a great group of athletes who come into the gym to work hard every day. They love volleyball and love winning.” The assistant coach is Jason Ulrich, who completed his sixth season. The former Brick Township athlete began the Jackson Memorial girls team and coaches the Jaguars’ boys team. “He has turned the boys team into a Shore Conference top four team,” Sempkowski said. “His love of volleyball helps all of his athletes.”

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Chris Smith WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Ch r is Sm it h’s (R-4th) legislation to provide humanitarian relief to genocide victims in Iraq and Syria, and hold ISIS perpetrators accountable - HR 390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018 - passed the House after over two years in the making. “When genocide or other atrocity crimes are perpetrated, the United States should direct humanitarian, stabilization, and re-

covery aid to enable these people to survive - especially when they are minorities whose existence as a people is at-risk,” Smith stated on the House Floor before the vote. “HR 390 would ensure our actions match our words.” Less than 200,000 Christians remain in Iraq, down from 1.4 million in 2002 and 500,000 in 2013, before ISIS swept through the region on its genocidal campaign. Many of the remaining Christians in Iraq are displaced, mostly

in Erbil in the Kurdistan region, and need assistance to return to their homes and stay in Iraq. After the ISIS invasion, 60,000 Yazidis fled to Europe, and of the 550,000 Yazidis still in Iraq, 280,000 remain displaced and only 20 percent have been able to return to their historic homeland of Sinjar, according to the Yazdi organization Yazda. Those displaced will also need assistance to return to their homes. Smith introduced the legislation in 2016 and again in 2017, with lead Democrat cosponsor Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA). “Tens of thousands of religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria were targeted for genocide by ISIS between 2014 and 2017,” Rep.


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Eshoo said. “As survivors return to their homes and begin rebuilding their communities, the United States government must make it a priority to help families in need of assistance now, while ensuring the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity are held accountable. H.R. 390 will aid in these efforts and send a powerful message to these communities that we haven’t forgotten them.” Among other key provisions, H.R. 390 authorizes and directs the Administration to: Fund entities, including faith-based ones, that are providing humanitarian, stabilization, and recovery aid on-the-ground to genocide survivors from religious and ethnic minorities; Assess and address the humanitarian vulnerabilities, needs, and triggers that might force these survivors to flee; Identify warning signs of deadly violence against religious and ethnic minority communities in Iraq or Syria that have been victims of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes; Support entities conducting criminal investigation into ISIS perpetrators of genocide, crimes against

humanity and war crimes in Iraq – including collecting and preserving evidence that links specific perpetrators to specific atrocity crimes and is usable in a range of courts; and Encourage foreign governments to add identifying information about suspected ISIS perpetrators to their security databases and security screening and to apprehend and prosecute perpetrators. Smith introduced the legislation following a human rights mission he led to Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, in December of 2016 at the invitation of Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil. There the U.S. delegation met with genocide survivors, religious leaders, aid workers from the Archdiocese, and officials from the U.S., other governments and the United Nations, and non-gover nmental organizations. Many Christian survivors of the ISIS genocide in Iraq and Syria had reported receiving no aid from the U.S. or the UN, relying completely upon aid from donations of non-governmental organizations like the Knights of Columbus and Aid to the Church in Need. The Tr ump Ad-


In the Nov. 24 story “County Sets Record Election Results,” the Monmouth and Ocean county results for 2014 candidate Ruben Scolavino were accidentally switched, making it appear that 2018 candidate Joshua Welle performed more poorly than him in Ocean County. We regret the error. The text should read:

ministration has focused on targeted religious and ethnic minorities whose survival is at risk, including Yezidis and Christians, under the leadership of Vice President Pence. This legislation provides the foundation for future appropriations and clear, detailed authority for the Executive Branch. H.R. 390 was co-sponsored by members from both parties in the House, and leading faith-based groups and religious and human rights leaders support the bill, including Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Yezidi survivor of ISIS slavery, and all four of the former Ambassadors-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, who span Republican and Democrat administrations. As chairman of the House global human rights subcommittee, Smith has held 10 hearings in whole or in part on the persecution of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. He has called attention to the atrocities committed by ISIS there, the lack of access that genocide victims there have to vital aid, and what the U.S. could be doing to ensure the safe return home of genocide survivors who wish to remain in their homeland.

In 2014, Chris Smith received 36,888 of the votes in Ocean. His challenger, Ruben Scolavino, received 11,816. So, again, Smith received more than 20,000 votes this year than in the most comparable year, 2014. Welle’s vote total, 24,130, was twice that of the Democrat in 2014, and was more in line with the 2016 election.

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MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library will host its regularly scheduled programs throughout December. “Book Chat” 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. Participants will discuss what they’ve been reading with the rest of the group and pick up ideas for what to read next. No registration required. “Chess Club” 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 14, 21, and 28. Play chess in a relaxed atmosphere and share your love for the game with beginners. Participants may bring their own game set. No registration required. “Chicks with Sticks” 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 12, 19, and 26 and 2 p.m. Thursdays, Dec. 13 and 27. Participants will work on individual knitting and crocheting projects and share

ideas and patterns and form friendships. No registration required. “Quilting Bee” 1 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 14 and 28. Participants will work on individual and group projects while exchanging ideas, patterns, techniques, and conversation. No registration required. “Writer’s Circle” 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Dec. 18. Critique one another’s work and discuss issues pertinent to authorship and getting published. No registration required. The branch is located at 21 Colonial Drive. Registration is required for these programs unless noted otherwise. To register, call the branch at 732-657-7600 or visit

Residents Club Hosts Holiday Luncheon

WHITING – Our Holiday Luncheon will be on December 20, 2018. Keep that day in mind as we will be having the Chorus of the Whiting Elementary School sing for us. The Holidays are a special time for all of us and want to get the feelings of the holidays. I am sure that after we hear the children singing the spirit of the holidays will be with us. There will be no meeting. The chorus will sing for us first, they will start to sing around 1:15 p.m., as their lunch time conflicts with our schedule. Luncheon will be served after the chorus has performed. We, The Residents Club, are very excited

to have the children sing, they are in the 5th grade and there will be between 40-45 children singing. The spirit of Christmas will be in the air. Since some of the children have food allergies, we will be giving them gift cards from us. Lunch will be served after the children sing. The cost is only $5. Lunch will be a 6 foot Italian sub to be shared. Potato salad and coleslaw and of course soda, tea and coffee. No walk ins please! Tickets are sold on Mondays from 10-11 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. No tickets will be sold after Dec. 17.

Movie Wednesdays At Manchester Library

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Branch of the Ocean County Library will do free film screenings Wednesdays in December. See movies on a large screen without the admission fee of a movie theater. Screenings will take place 6 p.m. Wednes-

days, Dec. 12, 19, and 26. The branch is located at 21 Colonial Drive. No registration is required for these free screenings. Call the branch at 732-657-7600 or visit for film information.

Winter Concerts At Manchester Schools

MANCHESTER – Parents and the public are invited to enjoy the musical talents of our students at winter concerts at all of our schools. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit! Concerts are scheduled as follows:

Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m.: Elementary Band Concert at Ridgeway School Dec. 11, 6 p.m.: Middle School Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m.: High School Dec. 17, 6 p.m.: Whiting School Dec. 18, 6 p.m.: Ridgeway School

New Year’s Eve Gala

WHITING – Join in at the Hilltop Clubhouse on December 31, 2018 for a New Year’s Eve Gala from 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dinner will be at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Menu: sausage & peppers, chicken Francaise, eggplant Rollatini, roasted potatoes, salad, bread & butter, dessert, coffee, tea and setup drinks.

The cost is $35 per person. No tickets sold at the door. Limit 200 tickets. Non-refundable. Purchase tickets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. till noon at Hilltop Clubhouse (Village 5) 325 Schoolhouse Rd, Whiting. Call Debbie to reserve your tickets at 201-618-8514. Last date to purchase tickets December 17.

Flea Market

WHITING – The Whiting Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary is having a Flea Market on Dec. 15 at the Whiting Firehouse from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $10 per table. For more information, call Hazel at 732-350-0839.


Philadelphia Flower Show

WHITING – St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church has planned a trip to the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 4, 2019. The cost is $67. Contact Stefanie at 732-350-2904 for more information.

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Manchester Public Works Director Awarded For Playground Project

–Photo courtesy Manchester Public Works MANCHESTER – Congratulations to Public Works Director Al Yodakis and his talented crew for the recent First Place: Municipal Management Projects Class A award they received in recognition of their Summit Park Playground reconstruction! Joining Director Yodakis at the Awards Luncheon on November 14 were Donna Markulic, Business Administrator; Jim Mohn, General Foreman; Daniel Dries, Supervisor DPW; Mayor Kenneth Palmer; James Gant, Assistant Business Administrator; and Joe Veni, Supervising Engineer. Just last year Director Yodakis was awarded First Place honors for the 6th Avenue Park project, so we are extremely proud of him and his crew for their exceptional service to our residents! The rehabilitation of the Summit Park Recreation Facility is the capstone to the revitalization of the neighborhood as a whole, following a resurgence of community involvement over the past few years.

Mayor Palmer set a goal to rehabilitate a Township park each year, beginning with the award-winning Sixth Avenue Park project in 2016, and now Summit Park. “Our vision was to create a theme for the park to help connect it to the rest of the neighborhood,” said Public Works Director Yodakis. “This was accomplished by working with our playground supplier to create a ‘Summit’ mountain themed playground at the top of the small hill at the park.” Additional improvements include the construction of a matching pavilion between the playground and courts where families may congregate; the reconstruction of basketball and tennis courts that are painted in the Manchester Township High School colors to help foster township pride; and the finishing of the playground with a rubber safety surface that is an aesthetic improvement, provides handicap accessibility, and is a long term financial benefit when compared to the previously used woodchips.

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TOMS RIVER – You’ve heard about the Titanic’s sinking in the North Atlantic in mid-April of 1912. But did you know the role the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia played in the retrieval process? Come to the Ocean County Historical Society on Jan. 20, 2-4 p.m., to hear researcher Sandra Gray, a Forked River resident, share


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TOMS RIVER – All branches of the Ocean County Library will be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. They will reopen their normal business hours Dec. 26. All branches will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31. All branches will be closed Jan. 1, 2019. All branches will reopen Jan. 2.


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AROUND THE JERSEY SHORE Operation Christmas Cheer: Troops In Persian Gulf To Receive Packages

MANCHESTER – On Dec. 2, under the chairmanship of US Navy veteran Phillip Falzarano, and through the generosity of numerous members of the Leisure Knoll Community, the Leisure Knoll Veterans Club mailed 1,200 lbs. of goodies to 350 sailors stationed in the Persian Gulf in its 2ns annual Operation Christmas Cheer. Last year, this small local group of veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Cold War provided 180 lbs. of gifts to 81 sailors on three Navy ships stationed in Bahrain. All were amazed and grateful for the amount of community support for the Op-

eration, in so short a time. They have vowed to continue this project in the future and will be looking for additional ways to alleviate the burdens of our fighting men and women. The project seems to be greatly appreciated by the service members since it was described as “a program that our squadron and ships established last year with a fine organizations of Great Americans called Leisure Knoll Veterans Club, who spread holiday cheer with care packages,” by LCDR Erik S. Roberts, N3/N5/N7, Operations & Training, Naval Squadron Five, whose crews were recipients in the 2017 project.

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Cassidy, were notified. She sought to have her guilty plea vacated Sept. 26, 2016. “The Court orders the State to notify all affected defendants of its decision that breath test results produced by Alcotest machines not calibrated using a NIST-traceable thermometer are inadmissible and commends to the State that it require the manual recording of the NIST traceable readings going forward,” stated the Nov. 13 decision, written by Justice Walter F. Timpone. “Further, the Court lifts the stay on all pending cases so that deliberations may commence on whether and how those cases should proceed. For those cases already decided, affected defendants may now seek appropriate relief. Because the State waited approximately a year to notify the affected defendants, we relax the five-year time bar, R. 7:10-2(b)(2), in the interests of 20 justice. We ask the Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts to monitor these cases and recommend how best to administer them in the event any special measures are needed.” Cassidy died in March 2018. Her case was argued in September and decided Tuesday. “Finally, as to defendant Cassidy, we exercise our original jurisdiction and vacate her conviction,” Timpone wrote.

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AROUND THE JERSEY SHORE Huge Tuna Discovered At Island Beach State Park

–Photo courtesy of Gabriel Tackle Company of Brick By Kimberly Bosco BERKELEY – Imagine this: you’re taking your morning walk along the beach when you come across a giant tuna in the sand! That’s what happened this morning to a lucky group of surfcasters at Island Beach State Park. The large tuna was posted and shared to social media on the morning of Dec. 4 by Gabriel Tackle Company of Brick. The dis-

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H ERE ’ S T O Y OUR H EALTH Dr. Izzy’s Sound News Presented By: Isidore Kirsh, Ph.D., F.A.A.A. (N.J. Lic. #678)

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With last summer’s passage of the Over-theCounter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, you may wonder how it affects your health care. As an AudigyCertified™ practice, we consider patient education an important part of delivering excellent service, so count on us for timely news to support your hearing wellness. What does the law do? The legislation, part of the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act, will allow the retail sale of hearing aids for adults with self-perceived mild to moderate hearing loss — without the crucial involvement of an audiologist or medical doctor. When will I see its impact? Over-the-counter (OTC) hearing technology is at most a few years from being publicly available until federal regulations for safety, labeling, and manufacturing are developed. What are the pros of this change? The law could help expand consumer access to hearing technology, motivate even more people to seek hearing help, and inspire more technical innovations that benefit patients. What are the cons? Access to hearing health care is vital, but the law unfortunately will enable self-treatment for a serious physical condition that trained, licensed professionals are more suited to evaluate, diagnose, and treat. Aren’t OTC hearing devices already available? You may be thinking of personal sound amplification products (PSAPs), which are wearable electronic devices used for activities such as bird-watching or TV-viewing to make a sound louder — not to take the place of properly fit hearing aids. What’s the difference between OTC devices and PSAPs? Currently available PSAPs are

neither FDA-approved nor recommended to treat actual hearing loss. OTC hearing technology will be FDA-regulated but won’t be available for a while. Once available on the market, will OTCs address my hearing needs? Hearing loss is often an inner-ear problem, but sometimes it’s a different issue such as earwax buildup, a foreign object in the ear canal, or an ear infection that may cause temporary hearing difficulty. A PSAP or OTC won’t tackle these types of underlying problems. What else should I know about OTCs? OTCs will address only mild to moderate hearing loss, and even then, noise processing will be far less than a traditional hearing aid. They won’t always offer a successful fit and may be less specific for your situation. What’s the benefit of choosing provider-fit hearing aids instead? Unlike OTCs and PSAPs, provider-fit hearing aids can address the full spectrum of hearing impairment from mild to profound. They’re already FDA-approved, are recommended to treat hearing loss, and can adjust to environmental variables such as background noise as well as help your brain process sound. Self-treating hearing loss might seem convenient, but it can do more harm than good. Professional care — including testing, programming, fitting, and follow-up — helps you get to the bottom of your hearing difficulties and secure the right solution for your communication needs. If you have questions about OTC hearing technology, signs and symptoms of hearing loss, or the dangers of self-treating hearing problems, call us today at 732-276-1011 we’re here to help!

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

Why Your Thyroid Still Bothers You By Suzy Cohen, R. Ph. If there’s one thing I’m sensitive to, it’s an incorrect diagnosis. You probably are too. I bet many of you reading this today have spent lots of money over the years, trying to address all the incorrect diagnoses that well-meaning physicians arbitrarily assigned to you. Today’s article is about thyroid because it gets misdiagnosed probably 1000 times a day or more! Perhaps you’ve been told you have depression, bipolar, heart disease, anxiety, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic UTIs or Raynaud’s phenomenon. What if I told you all these problems could stem from undiagnosed hypothyroidism. And your labs will show up as normal. Take “Beth” for example. She told her physician about her sudden irrational fears, and mild anxiety about things that never used to bother her before. It was weird for her to suddenly feel this mentally unsettled, and at times shaky. Her physician in Connecticut talked to her for 10 minutes then ordered Alprazolam to be taken throughout the day. This medication is in the category of “benzodiazepines,” and it is a popular anti-anxiety and sleep medication. The problem I have with this is two-fold: • Why would any doctor prescribe an addictive drug as the first line agent? These drugs have the capacity to change your brain in scary ways over time by down-regulating GABA receptors. Why bring the big guns out right away when something more benign could be tried first? • Why didn’t he test her for Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism, when anxiety is often

one of the first symptoms? Other symptoms include constipation, dry skin, hair loss, brain fog, and feeling constantly cold. Sudden unexplained anxiety, bipolar or odd mood swings could be a tell-tale sign of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is exactly what Beth had. It was uncovered 2 years later. Missing the diagnosis of hypothyroidism, Graves’ disease or Hashimoto’s could mean that you continue to feel awful. Not getting the right treatment will cause the crumbling of your job, relationships, financial security (conventional medical labs and treatments are not cheap) and while hard to measure, your personal self-esteem. Doctors shouldn’t shoot in the dark. I am worried you’re getting heavily medicated with mind-bending drugs, like Beth is, instead of getting simple thyroid hormone to replace what’s missing! Did you know that thyroid hormone declines naturally with age, just like our estrogen and testosterone? Your lab results cannot be trusted. There are many reasons that your thyroid might be bothering you, and your doctor won’t catch it. The number one reason is that thyroid hormone may be locked outside the cell. It has to get inside your cell to help you. Also, conversion rates to activated T3 go down with stress, pregnancy and grief. Would you like to know all of the reasons? If so, I’ll share a free copy of my ebook: “THYROID - 5 Reasons You Don’t Get Well”. I also wrote a food guide for people with Hashimoto’s called “Hashi No No’s.” Just email me at and specify which ebook(s) you would like.

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Honor Micromedia’s Late Alice Swann With Charity Donation

By Kimberly Bosco In honor of the holiday season, the Micromedia family asks that you keep the Alice Swann Ovarian Cancer Memorial Fund in mind. Alice Swann, wife of Stewart Swann, President/Publisher of Micromedia Publications, passed away on October 17, 2018 after a four and a half year battle with ovarian cancer. Alice was not only loved and cherished by her close family and friends, but also by her Micromedia family, having served as treasurer here for many years. Alice and Stewart Swann’s daughter Chrissy Morrison is requesting that those who wish to participate in holiday giving this year do so in honor of her mother, Alice Swann. Morrison said: “My mother, Alice Swann has been an integral part of Micromedia Publications for many years. Unfortunately, she lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer last month. As a Registered Nurse, I knew that day was coming, however, it came much sooner than I expected. “Over the course of her illness, I watched my mother endure treatments that kept her in bed for weeks at a time. I spent countless hours in her home administering IV fluids, and medications just to keep her comfortable. My father, Stew Swann waited on her around the clock, because there were days she just couldn’t get out of bed. I can’t tell you how many times I had to drop everything to rush her to her Oncologist, or the Emergency Room due to the many side effects and issues she encountered during her treatments. “Despite everything she went through, she did it all with grace. She continued putting her children and grandchildren ahead of herself when she was able. Even on the day of her death, she was asking for treatment, because she didn’t want to leave her kids. I know in my heart she is in a much better place, and no longer suffering in agonizing pain, but nothing can take away the pain of losing your mother. “I humbly ask you honor her memory with a donation to the Alice Swann Ovarian Cancer Memorial Fund, so others may not have to suffer the same fate as my mother.” Donations to the Alice Swann Ovarian Cancer Memorial Fund can be made at donate/1354107554730127/10218472597581305/. Monies raised will go to Levine Cancer Institute.


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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 $9.00/ hr. Apply in Person to: The Pines at Whiting, 509 Route 530, Whiting, NJ 08759 or email resume to (50)

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Items For Sale Plot - For Sale Ocean County Memorial Park Cemetery Plot. $1,200. Must be Veteran or spouse will pay transfer fees. 732-773-1429. (51)

Items Wanted COSTUME/ESTATE JEWELRY Looking to buy costume/estate jewelry, old rosaries and religious medals, all watches and any type of sterling silver, bowls, flatware candlesticks or jewelry. Same day house calls and cash on the spot. 5 percent more with this AD. Call Peggy at 732-581-5225. (t/n) $$$ WANTED TO BUY $$$ Jewelry and watches, costume jewelry, sterling silver, silverplate, medals, military items, antiques, musical instruments, pottery, fine art, photographs, paintings, statues, old coins, vintage toys and dolls, rugs, old pens and postcards, clocks, furniture, bric-a-brac, select china and crystal patterns. Cash paid. Over 35 years experience. Call Gary Struncius. 732-364-7580. (t/n) Cash - Top dollar, paid for junk, cars running and nonrunning, late model salvage, cars and trucks, etc. 732-928-3713. (51) Entire Estates Bought - Bedroom/ dining sets, dressers, cedar chests, wardrobes, secretaries, pre-1950 wooden furniture, older glassware, oriental rugs, paintings, bronzes, silver, bric-a-brac. Call Jason at 609-970-4806. (t/n)

Now Hiring – The Goddard School on Route 70 is seeking full time Teacher’s Assistant and leads for the upcoming school year. We provide a warm, loving environment for children up to six years. Must have a flexible schedule, available Mon-Fri. Benefits include paid time off, 401k and paid lunch on Fridays. To learn more about these positions, email your resume to 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) Counter Help Wanted - Part time hours. Manchester Dry Cleaners. Call Dave 732-657-4421. (47) Caregiver – I’m a loving, compassionate caregiver with over 20 years experience to include demential and Alzheimer’s. Will take excellent care of your elderly/ sick loved one, at home. Willing to travel. Available 24/7. Live-in or live-out. 201-589-7269. (52) 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) Now Hiring - CNA’S, CHHA’S, LPN’S. Weekly pay. Numerous cases throughout Ocean Count y. M a k e y o u r o w n s c h e d u l e FT/PT. 732-288-1600. (2) Low Voltage Technician - Familiar with card access, CCTV systems, key pad and panel installation, door closures, security cameras. Please send resume to (1) Now Hiring Property Managers FT/PT in your area. Full, free training provided. msangelabove@comcast. net. 732-766-0425, ask for Mel. (1)


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Garden State Hearing And Balance Center

com m it ment to pa- Kirsh said. tients, coupled with Hearing loss, unfortunately, technology and value often goes untreated since it is have set Garden State Hearing not painful and often not a pri& Balance Center apart for ority for patients. But for the years, with recent investments 40 million people who suffer making the treatment of hear- from it, Dr. Kirsh explains, ing loss and similar conditions it is important that they seek more manageable than ever. diagnosis and t reatment to T he pr act ice, wh ich ha s improve their life and ensure offices in Toms River, Mana- good health. hawkin and Whiting, was the “Over the last few years, first in the United States to there have been a lot of studbe Audigy-Certified, a testa- ies that show a relationship ment to its adherence to the bet ween u nt reated hear ing industry’s best practices that loss and memory deficits such are required for certification. as dementia and Alzheimer’s, “Any business that is Au- which means you r suscepdigy-Certif ied, from a best t ibilit y to obt ai n i ng t hese practices standpoint, is in the memory issues increases as top t wo to a function of “We don’t over three percent t he hea r i ng in the counloss that you schedule or double try,” said Dr. h a v e ,” D r . book, so people are Isidore Kirsh said. generally seen on time.” Kirsh – commonly Wit h r a re –Dr. Kirsh known as Dr. exception, Izzy – foundthe only way er and director of the practice, to help preserve your hearing who holds a doctorate degree is th rough a hear ing aid – (Ph.D.) from the Union Insti- sometimes a stumbling block tute & University. for patients who are self-conThe Center performs testing scious about wearing one. But for patients with auditory pro- technological improvements cessing disorders and testing have led to the devices becomfor people who are suffering ing vir tually invisible, and from tinnitus – ringing in the more helpful than ever. ears – as well as hearing loss “They can be 100 percent and balance issues. invisible, they can have BlueDr. Kirsh’s practice includes tooth as well as Wi-Fi capastate-of-the art equipment to bilities,” Dr. Kirsh explained. evaluate hearing and balance “ You ca n st r e a m a sig n a l issues, which are often related through your iPhone or your to inner ear disorders. television, even movies and “Seventy percent of patients Broa dway shows, r ig ht t o wh o c o m pl a i n of b a l a n c e you r hea r i ng aid. Most of proble m s u s u a l ly h ave a n today’s hearing aids are very i n ner ear component,” Dr. inconspicuous, meaning the

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cosmetic issue is really not an issue anymore.” Hearing aids also can have features such as GPS locator capability. “The technology is improving significantly every year,” Dr. Kirsh said. For patients, hearing aids can be financed interest free for 24 months, and Dr. Kirsh’s practice provides free battery replacements for life. Patients can also return a hearing aid during a 75 day trial period, during which time they return to Garden State Hearing &

Balance Center a minimum of three times to check on their progress. “We don’t over schedule or double book, so people are generally seen on time,” said Dr. Kirsh. The practice has th r ived on accessibility for patients, investments in technology, and the easing of the financial aspect of treatment. “We try to give people as much value as possible, and

that really separates us from some of the other hearing care professionals out there,” Better hearing is a priceless gift! Dr. Kirsh said.

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Continued From Page 20 Shoppers should also look for seasonal discounts at local merchants. Customers are also protected against fraud when shopping locally, something outside state jurisdiction and not necessarily offered when making purchases through an out-of-state company. Returns, when offered, are easy to make as well. Anyone with complaints about purchases not being fulfilled or other concerns can contacted the county’s Department of Consumer Affairs at 732-929-2105. “We see the same problems year after year,” Vicari, who is chairman of the Consumer Affairs Depar tment, said


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The Manchester Times, December 8, 2018, Page 29 “Merchandise is not received in time for the holidays, there are problems with backorders and some received items barely resembling their catalog photos and descriptions.” “When you buy local, you are protected against fraud,” Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little said. “Our county and state agencies have more authority when dealing with a local business complaint. Our Department of Consumer Af-

fairs is well known for getting a successful outcome to a complaint. “You can drive down the street and visit the store rather than pack and ship a package across country,” Little said. “This county is filled with small businesses that carry items that will be enjoyed for years to come,” Vicari said. “Our small businesses offer something for everyone. And if your loved one is tough to shop for, gift cards to our restaurants and small

shops will be greatly appreciated.” During the holidays and throughout the year, Vicari said its small business owners who work hard to bring a pleasant experience to all shoppers. “Local business owners are known for giving back to their communities. Buying locally helps our economy and promises a positive outcome for both the shopper and the business owner,” Vicari said. “The results are priceless.”

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By Donna Frances Madej During the past months while we were enjoying the showcase of glorious seasonal fruits, vegetables and vegetation presented to us by I&G Farms at their family farm market, behind the scenes activity continued. Twenty-thousand mums, countless number of cornstalks, pumpkins and lots of straw later, the leaves fall and we’ve been anxiously waiting for the intermission to end… Act three and the wait is over! If you’re not already a fan of the “growers for all seasons,” now is the time to stop by 150 Whitesville Road, Jackson, for your holiday decorating and floral needs. Thanks to I&G Farms, there’s no need to settle for “typical” wreaths, swags, sprays, or grave blankets. And don’t even think about purchasing your poinsettias at a big box or grocery store and your Christmas tree on a corner or in a parking lot. Often when you buy a poinsettia from somewhere other than a grower, there’s actually no flower left, only colored leaves, due to it not being treated correctly in transit. The flower of the poinsettia is berry like, located in the center of the plant and is called the bract. I&G’s poinsettias are grown right here in greenhouses beginning in July, are breathtaking and will surpass your expectations. As far as the trees…who knows how long ago they were cut down? Here, beautiful, healthy, fresh cut Frazer Fur Christmas trees. Irene Johnston refers to the staff that assists her throughout the year and helps create the holiday

Where The Stage Is Set For Holiday Magic merchandise as “the most incredible, gifted designers that you’d ever want to see.” They offer premade and custom made items and lovingly craft their creations in the market, which has magically been transformed into a decorating center. Bins of embellishments and a large variety of ribbon enable you to personalize your choice and help create something very special. Bows are available, pre or handmade, and add the perfect touch to many creations. Theme wreaths are popular and if you have items you’d like to incorporate, including lights, you’re more than welcome to bring them in. I&G Farms have provided wreaths for area businesses and always deliver upscale, meticulously crafted creations. Ideally, a week is requested for custom orders but the staff has been known to deliver in less time. “With our custom wreaths, people usually request them large; 24, 36, 48 inches. That’s an inside dimension, so you have to double that,” Irene explains. “Sometimes they want smaller ones to match and we’ll do that too.” A back room that’s refrigerated, ice, moisture and a cover on them helps Irene preserve the wreaths and keep them looking their finest. “I usually get them the week before we open because we need time to start making them and decorating them to get them outside for people to buy. She advises that fresh wreaths be displayed outside, not inside and warns that heat, especially

fireplaces, are a major reason for needles to dry out and fall off. Spraying them with water will keep them moist and increase their longevity once you bring it home. Premium fresh balsam greens from Nova Scotia, Canada is used for some wreaths, grave blankets and sprays. Various greens from the farm are cut and incorporated into the designs to add color, giving them a different look. Irene and her staff also make their own picks (used in their creative process) and once again need to take precaution to prevent finger injury. “They’re sharp, and when you push them through the wreaths you have to tape your fingers up to protect them from getting poked, which hurt,” Irene exclaims. “Once I forgot about it (wrapped fingers) and went to a store to get something and the lady said, “Oh you poor thing!” Back to the poinsettias! They’re named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. Minister to Mexico, who brought them back to the U.S., started to cultivate them and turned them into what they are today. At I&G Farms, you’ll find the traditional red, white and pink colored poinsettias but also Novelties, which are unusual hues and combinations; mauve and peach; marbled and speckled. Names include Picasso, reds and pinks with what looks like a marbled effect and Monet, an abstract with different colors. Pot sizes range from 5 to 14 inches, the largest having 30-35 flowers. They come with a really nice decorative pot cover and if desired, can be adorned with branches and greens.

A Christmassy combo of red and white plants is also very popular. Remember that poinsettias should not be subjected to a temperature below 55 degrees and since they like a dryer condition, should not be overwatered. When a poinsettia gets overwatered it droops, causing people to think that it needs more water. According to Irene, “I always tell people to pick up the pot and feel the weight. When it’s heavy, don’t water it. When it’s light, water it.” A Christmas tree purchased from

I&G Farms will surely enhance your holiday celebration and decor. Ranging in height from 6-9 feet, Irene considers the Frazer Fur the Cadillac of trees as it holds its needles longer than other types of trees. She deals with a smaller grower, who cuts trees later, resulting in a fresher tree when they arrive at I&G Farms. After purchasing, if the tree will be put up immediately, an additional cut will be made to the stump so that it will take in water, then wrapped and tied onto your vehicle. If it’s not going up right away, it should be kept in water in a cool place and the stump cut when it’s ready to be put up. Irene assures us that the first time you put the tree up after its cut; it will drink a large amount of water. It’s crucial that its receptacle be checked daily and water be replenished as needed. Contact I&G Farms at 732-3640308, or iandgfarmsjackson@gmail. com and like them on Facebook; IGFarms. I&G Farms will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Christmas Eve. At the close of business and as the lights dim, a stillness and quietness will envelop I&G Farms until spring. Although I&G will not “officially” reopen until then, Irene says that they’re “always here, growing all the spring flowers, always checking the phones if people need to call for anything, advice about a plant or what to do. I’ll always be there.” Undoubtedly getting ready to return on cue for I&G Farms next major production and endless encores…Bravo Irene and staff. Bravo!

The Manchester Times, December 8, 2018, Page 31

Omarr’s Astrological Forecast For the week of dec 8 - dec 14 By Jeraldine Saunders

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Tame your temper. It isn’t always how you act but how you react that counts. Your reflexes are sharp, and you can make executive decisions on the fly, but some people may find this abrasive in the week ahead. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When you are challenged by important subjects you will be more successful if you perform an in-depth study. In the week ahead, your passion to reach major goals can co-exist with the daily grind of minor chores. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): This isn’t the best week to add new irons to the fire. You may find it difficult to say “no,” but it is in your best interests to wait for better timing. A competitor may share information that improves a tense situation. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Watch your pennies like a hawk in the week ahead. You could make financial decisions without forethought or regret an expenditure. You may receive a helping hand at the workplace from an unexpected source. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Workaholics might seem glamorous to your eyes as this week unfolds. Someone may appear to be a sterling example, but you must be careful to avoid emulating bad habits. Steer clear of disputes and demanding people. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Something from the past might block the way and frustrate your desires in the upcoming week. You can get stuck between a rock and a hard place if you initiate an important endeavor or argue with someone. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Point out the pos-

itive. A vague feeling of unrest or concern could waste both time and energy in the week to come. Clear the air with a loved one a soon as possible so that a minor skirmish doesn’t turn into a cold war. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): All things eventually change for the better. Console yourself if it seems that there is too much tension in your life during the week ahead. Have faith that the fog will clear and avoid making major life decisions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Try reading past the first paragraph. In an effort to deal with irritating situations quickly you might skim over the most crucial issue. In the week to come be on your best behavior and avoid controversies and conflicts. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Remain open to suggestions. In the week ahead, you may ignore new ideas or suffer from a tendency to rely on rigid thinking. A minor alteration in your daily work routines might solve numerous nagging problems. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Rainy day funds can be swept away during a flood. In the week ahead be cautious about financial outlays and keep a sharp eye on your bank balance. You may have a great idea but should wait to execute it. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You may have plenty of energy, but a lack of imagination can hold you back from realizing your dreams. You may not be able to clearly outline a new idea that is beginning to emerge. Steer clear of disputes this week.


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wolfgang puck’s kitchen You Say Potato, I Say Yum! This Hanukkah Recipe Takes The Cake By Wolfgang Puck

Hanukkah has one particular distinguishing characteristic to its traditional celebration foods: They are cooked in oil. That pays homage to the one-day supply of oil that miraculously kept the sacred lamp burning for eight days after Jewish patriots recaptured the temple in Jerusalem back in the 2nd century B.C. This traditional cooking method is a lovely symbolic way to help share that story with children and adults alike, through two foods served most widely at Hanukkah parties: potato pancakes and jelly-filled donuts. I’ve certainly eaten my share of both. I’m especially fond of potato pancakes. But, as anyone who has prepared them will tell you, a particular drawback comes with cooking them at home. The best ones are usually pan-fried in shallow oil. And, after you’ve made enough for everyone, your entire kitchen and dining area are likely to smell of oil; plus, your stovetop and surrounding areas may be covered with a fine, slick film. Because the aroma and the residue can linger for days, many cooks instead buy already-made pancakes from the deli or frozen ones that they crisp up in the oven. So let me suggest a delicious alternative that comes, in fact, from country kitchens in France and other European countries: Make crispy, oven-baked potato pancakes called galettes de pomme de terre in French. My galettes recipe begins by shredding baking potatoes and squeezing out all their excess moisture to help them cook up as crisp as possible, the same way traditional Jewish cooks do. But that’s where the similarity ends. The cakes are then shaped to the full diameter of a skillet in which they’re briefly browned with a little butter or oil; then, they’re transferred to a baking sheet to finish cooking in the oven, coming out golden brown and crispy as can be. The following recipe yields four good servings (with each person getting half of a large pancake). But the recipe doubles or triples with only a little extra work; and, once you’ve partially cooked them on the stovetop, you can hold them for up to an hour before completing the baking in the oven. In my recipe, I also offer two ways to serve the pancakes. Grownups may prefer my savory topping of smoked salmon with a shallot-dill sour cream. Both younger and older guests alike will enjoy the more traditional combination of applesauce and plain sour cream. Either way, please consider this recipe to be a Hanukkah present that goes on giving, as the savory version goes especially well with the Champagne or other sparkling wine you’ll be opening in a matter of weeks to serve on New Year’s Eve! CRISPY POTATO GALETTES TWO WAYS Serves 4 For the potato galettes: 3 baking potatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds (750 g) total weight, peeled 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 tablespoons of it melted in advance; or 4 tablespoons vegetable oil Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper For the shallot-dill sour cream and smoked salmon (savory topping): 1/2 cup (125 ml) sour cream 1 small shallot, minced 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/2 pound thinly sliced smoked salmon or other good-quality smoked fish Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing Freshly squeezed lemon juice, for brushing Finely chopped fresh chives, for garnish For the applesauce and sour cream (sweet topping): 2 cups (500 mL) good-quality applesauce Ground cinnamon 1 cup (250 mL) sour cream Preheat the oven to 425 F (220 C). For the potato galettes, use the large holes on a box grater to coarsely shred the potatoes. Transfer them to a clean kitchen towel, roll up the towel around the potatoes, and, over the sink, carefully squeeze and twist the towel to extract as much liquid as possible from the potatoes. Transfer the potato shreds to a mixing bowl. Drizzle with the 2 tablespoons melted butter, or 2 tablespoons of the oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss well. In a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the remaining butter (or heat the same amount of oil). Add half of the potatoes, and pat them into an even disk about 1/2 inch (12 mm) thick. Cook until golden, about 3 minutes per side, carefully turning the cake over with a wide spatula. Then, slide the potato galette onto a baking sheet, leaving room for another. Repeat the process with the remaining butter or oil and remaining potatoes, transferring the second cake to the baking sheet. Transfer the galettes to the preheated oven, and bake until they are deep golden brown and crispy, about 10 minutes longer. Then, transfer them to 1 or 2 serving platters and leave at room temperature for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the topping of your choice. If you’d like a savory topping, make the shallot-dill sour cream: Combine the sour cream, shallot, dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Stir well with a wire whisk, seasoning the mixture to taste with salt and pepper. At serving time, cut the galettes in half, transfer to serving plates, and spread the sour cream mixture over them. Top with the smoked salmon or other smoked fish of your choice. Lightly brush the salmon with olive oil and lemon juice. Garnish with chives. If you’d like a sweeter topping, transfer the applesauce to a serving bowl and lightly dust it with cinnamon. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the sour cream with a wire whisk; then, transfer it to a serving bowl. At serving time, cut the galettes in half and transfer to serving plates. Pass the applesauce and sour cream for guests to help themselves.

(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) © 2018 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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