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Annual Chef’s Night Celebrates Food & The OCVTS Foundation By Kimberly Bosco TOMS RIVER – T he suga r y t reats a nd savor y sa mples abounded and the d r in k never stopped f lowing at th is yea r’s Chef ’s Night & Gift Auct ion. I n it s 23rd y e a r, t h e a n n u a l event is hosted by the Ocean Count y Fou nd at ion for Vo c a t io n a l Te c h nical Education in support of OCVTS students.

T h e RW J B a r n a b a s He a lt h A r e na, on the campus of High School Nor t h , wa s f i l le d w it h hu nd r e d s of foodies and members of the communit y on March 11, sampli ng t he lo cal fair and unique t reats whipped up by OCVTS culinary students. Na n c y We ber-Loeffer t, OCV TS Assist a nt Superintendent, was cer tain that

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–Photos by Kimberly Bosco Top: OCVTS students show off their homemade dishes. Bottom: JG Desserts was the winner for best Sweet Treat.

By Judy SmestadNunn BR ICK – Jersey Shore Therapeutic Health Care (JSTHC) is no longer seeking to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Adamston Road, but they still want to use the property to cultivate and manufacture marijuana there in a planned 48,000 s q u a r e -fo o t g r ow house. This change comes on the heels of the Township Council’s proposed ordinance

that would “prohibit the retail sale, cultivation, manufacturing and testing of marijuana products for recreational use” in Brick Township. The ordinance passed on the first reading during the February 26 c ou n c i l m e e ting, and final vote is scheduled for March 12. Chief executive officer of JSTHC Brick attorney Anne Davis said that after local residents expressed (Marijuana - See Page 4)

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Drug Treatment Clinic Opens In Brick By Judy SmestadNunn BRICK – Live-in rehabilitation centers are the wrong thing for opioid abusers because many insurance companies will only pay for a 14-day stay - and even those who will pay for a stay of up to 90 days - is not nearly long enough, said physician Dr. Christopher Johnson, who works as the chief medical

officer for a national chain of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) centers. “There is a higher chance they will die when they leave rehab because they’ve been off the drugs completely, and when they get out they take the same dose they were taking before,” he said during the opening of a new treatment center on ( Drug - See Page 2)



Law Enforcement Address “Culture Of Fear” By Patricia A. Miller LAKEWOOD – A new state directive aimed at strengthening tr ust bet ween i m m ig r a nt s a nd law enforcement officers will go into effect in mid - March, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said at a seminar here Tuesday night. “There exists today a cult ure of fear,” Grewal said at the meeting, which detailed how the new “I m m ig r a nt Tr u st Di rective” will i mpact ( Fear - See Page 6)

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Continued From Page 1 this year’s t u r nout matched, if not exceeded, last year’s. The 2018 Chef’s Night raised more than $40,000 for the Foundation, and she had high hopes of exceeding that number. “Every year it goes up…our sponsors get more, and bigger and better, our raffle outside gets bigger and better,” said Weber-Loeffert. “We raise all the money for equipment for the school beyond the school budget and for programs and scholarships, so all of the money goes back to the students.” This year featured around 40 vendors ranging from the local ShopRite to popular chain restaurants to up-and-coming brewers. All of the vendors supply their time and effort for the cause while also vying for that coveted spot as People’s Choice winner. Local restaurants, such as Bill’s BBQ Shack, served up barbeque pork belly and homemade potato salad. Local bakery JG Desserts set up a “make your own parfait” station stacked with chocolate goodies and a variety of toppings. Last year’s first place winner, Breeze’s Bar & Grill of New Gretna, served up mini helpings of tuna poke. Attendees could have a taste of anything from pasta, to seafood, to cake, and more. There was also a big showing in beverage vendors including, Allagash Brewery, River Horse Brewery, Dogfish Head Brewery, and last year’s beverage favorite, Senor Sangria. The big winner of the evening was Mul-

berry Street of Brick, coming out on top as the People’s Choice for 2019. The other big winners of the night included: • 2nd Place: Bill’s BBQ Shack, Bayville • 3rd Place: Office Restaurant & Lounge, Toms River • Sweet Treat: JG Desserts, Toms River • Beverage Favorite: Allagash Brewery, Portland, MA • Best Presentation: Patrizia’s, Red Bank While the OCVTS culinary students were not in the running for these titles, they were still the star of the night. Student Jerry DeNico told Jersey Shore Online that the prep time is weeks for all of the treats made specifically for Chef’s Night. Fellow student Chelsea noted that for the approximately 300 baked goods they prepare, only about 40 can fit on a pan at a time. “We’ve got to space them out good so they can grow in the oven, so probably less than 40 in a pan,” she explained. “It takes a lot; we did it for almost two weeks.” All of the hard work that these students put in paid off, however. Their table was one of the busiest of the night. The students said they were extremely happy with the outcome. The evening wasn’t only about food either. Lining the halls of Toms River North High School were tables overflowing with gift auction items. At the entrance into the arena stood the Super 50/50 Raffle, valued up to $10,000. The lucky winners of the gift auction might have made out with a basket of wine or a brand new paddle board, while OCVTS students made out with funds for a brighter future.


Continued From Page 1 Brick Boulevard last week. Residential rehab can be effective for those who abuse alcohol and so-called “benzos” (anti-anxiety medication like Valium and Xanax), but opioid abusers need long-term treatment and medication, like suboxone (buprenorphine), naltrexone and methadone to make the cravings go away until the brain starts to work normally, he said. “Then they can sit with a counselor and make sensible choices and benefit from counseling,” he said. If they don’t agree to counseling, they don’t get their medication at the center, he added. Ocean Monmouth Care can treat 2,200 walk-in patients a day. The facility is part of Pinnacle Treatment Centers, a private, for-profit company with 12 centers in New Jersey. The combination of counseling and daily medication has been effective in treating opioid addicts, who are usually in their late 20s or early 30s with an even mix of males and females, Johnson said. The outpatient treatment centers offer accountability and support, and people are able to get help in their own community, he said. Johnson said that about 92 percent of their patients are still coming in for their daily medication after a year, as opposed to those who have been in residential rehab, where about 80 percent have relapsed after a year, he said. “We don’t kick them out for not getting

–Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn NJ Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Einahal and Pinnacle CEO Joe Pritchard release black balloons outside to commemorate all those lost to opioid overdose deaths. off drugs. They have ups and downs,” the doctor said. During early recovery, patients typically have low self-esteem, but after a year they get over that hump and life starts to get better, he said. “After a year, the outpatients are using less, they’re getting counseling, they’re trying. They’re in treatment, they come in here because they don’t want to live that lifestyle anymore,” he said. The cost of treatment averages about $90 (Drug- See Page 9)

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Continued From Page 1 concerns during Board of Adjustment hearings about traffic, crime and safety, she said she would be taking sales out of the equation. “We said we’d never do recreational sales, that it would be limited to medical sales only, but some of the residents were very headstrong, so I want to be a good neighbor,” Davis said in a phone interview on March 7. Davis has hired local land use attorney Dennis M. Galvin, who notified the township Board of Adjustment that JSTHC would no longer need to go before the Board for a use variance. He asked that the matter be transferred to the township Planning Board since the proposed use for the property would be agricultural - a permitted use on the 6.7-acre parcel, located in Rural Residential Zone (RR1) at the site of a former OceanFirst Bank.

Davis said pending legislation in New Jersey means the state might limit the number of “vertical integration licenses” that allow companies to own three of five different types of licenses. The three do not have to be at the same location. Those licenses are cultivation/manufacturing; processing; wholesaling; delivering and retailing. “Two local municipalities have said they would welcome a medical marijuana dispensary, and with the pending legislation, they would be separate licenses anyway,” she said. Asked if she expects pushback from local residents, Davis said she does. “But I don’t think an objection is valid. If we built houses there, we’d have roads, curbs, sidewalks, would have a much greater impact than a cultivation center, so that’s not a reasonable objection to say we can’t build anything on our own property,” she said. The grow house would be “in the middle of the woods,” and not likely to be seen

from the road, Davis said. An estimated 30 employees would be the only people on the property, she added. If recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in New Jersey, medicinal dispensaries would be able to supply both in order to remain competitive, Davis said. “It’s an important point that we would never do recreational sales there. It doesn’t belong there because it would add too much traff ic,” she said. “In medicinal sales you schedule online appointments and you can make projections for traffic.” She said there is no legitimate reason to ban the cultivation of marijuana in town and the resulting tax revenue from the new business. “A ban is a bad move for the residents of Brick,” Davis said. “It may end up in litigation.” On the “Brick Residents Say No to Rezoning” Facebook page, residents are not happy about the cultivation plan for the

property and many say they will attend the March 12 council meeting. “Cultivation isn’t far ming, it’s industrial - not permitted use, neither is manufacturing permitted in RR1, so the combination isn’t a permitted use, so still requires a variance,” wrote one resident. “Let them take their plans to areas with open land, away from communities,” wrote another. “We have plenty of open areas west and southwest for this group to focus on; keep this idea out of family communities.” While Mayor John G. Ducey said he cannot comment on pending applications, he said gets complaints daily from residents about trees coming down for new businesses coming to town. “Businesses are allowed to open if they own the property, but this is one of the few instances the council has a say - by not allowing the sale, cultivation, manufacturing and testing of marijuana products for recreational use in our town,” he said.

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Continued From Page 1 both immigrants and police. “Crimes go u n repor ted and justice goes u nserved. We don’t want people to fear the badge.” But anyone found guilty of a crime in the state will pay the price, he said. “If you commit a crime in New Jersey, regardless of your immigration status, you will still go to jail,” Grewal said. “We will still work with ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” The seminar organized by Grewal and Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer, was held in the auditorium of Lakewood High School. It was sparsely attended, with about one hundred audience members. No one will be stopped by law enforcement officers based on their race or immigration status, Grewal said. “It’s going to take a long time to build trust,” he said. “But we are committed to do this.” The directive also limits types of voluntary assistance that the state’s law enforcement officers can provide to federal immigration authorities. It applies to police officers, correctional officers and prosecutors. “This is a really important subject here in Lakewood,” a man who identified himself as a member of the Lakewood NAACP.

“If you get stopped by police....the fear is there already.” Grewal told the story of two young men prosecuted in Bergen County who will now spend much of their adult lives in state prison because of their involvement in bias crimes, including pelting a Lodi synagogue with firebombs back in 2012. The rabbi and his family escaped without harm. One of the men’s goals was “to burn that synagogue down,” Grewal said. Each of the men will spend decades in jail for their crimes. The Facebook page “Rise Up Ocean County” was also mentioned by a number of audience speakers during the public session. One man told Grewal that the Rise Up Ocean County preaches a “cauldron of hatred” and “tiptoes up to the line of blatant anti-Semitism.” He proceeded to read a number of posts he said he found of the site. Grewal said he could not address specific incidents. But he did say there are plenty of ways concerns can be addressed. Bias incidents and hate crimes can be reported to local police, the county prosecutor’s office, the office of Homeland Security or the Attorney General’s office. Reports can be made anonymously. New Jersey has nine protected classes. They include race, color, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin and ethnicity.

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

TR ENTON - Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all R-10 th) blasted new cuts to local school aid ann o u n c e d b y G ove r n o r Murphy yesterday, calling his proposal “severely f lawed.” Their reaction followed the Murphy Administration’s unveiling of state school aid number s for t he upcom i ng 2019-2020 school year. The 10th District legisla-

tors vehemently opposed cuts made to their school dist r icts in the cur rent fiscal year, and vowed to fight the deeper cuts that would be imposed next year under the Governor’s budget proposal. They expressed serious concern that property taxes will be forced higher as school districts attempt to preserve the quality of education in their classrooms while accounting for the steep aid cuts imposed by

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Andy Kim WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman Andy Kim (D -3rd) an nou nced the introduction of H.R. 1451, the Alice Paul Voter Protection Act, which will protect a citizen’s access to vote by prohibiting the

interference of voter registration efforts. “Thanks to Alice Paul, New Jersey has a strong history of leadership in expanding and protecting the right to vote,” said Congressman Kim. “It’s

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Sean Kean T R E N T ON - A b i l l r e q u i r i ng ph a r m a cist s to educate their patients on the safe disposal of unused, unwanted or expired drugs and needles was approved by t he Assembly today.

Assembly men Sean Kean and Edward Thomson ( R-30 t h ) sponsored t he bill (S3240) wh ich cleared the Senate last month and now moves to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk for consideration.

State School Aid Figures “Severely Flawed” Governor Murphy. “Fai r f u nding for all students in New Jersey is lost on Governor Murphy and his administration,” said Senator Holzapfel. “ C o n t i n u i n g t h i s p a tter n of cuts yea r af ter year creates a ripple effect in the com munit y, which impacts everyone from the student to the taxpayer. This is not a fair funding formula, in fact, it is severely f lawed and these political games stand to hurt our children the most.” Accordi ng to the re cently released state aid numbers, school districts

withi n the 10th Legislative District will lose over $5.5 million in State aid next year. The biggest cut s w ill come at the expense of the Brick and Toms River school districts, which will lose more than $2.7 million each. In total, schools in the 10th District will lose 4.5 percent of their State aid under Governor Murphy’s budget plan. “We just want our school d i s t r ic t s , t he s t u d e nt s they serve, and our local taxpayers to be treated fa i rly,” a d d e d A s s e m bly m a n Wol fe. “ Br ick a n d To m s R i ve r h a ve

been fiscally responsible, spendi ng less than the state average to deliver a quality education. Why would Governor Murphy want to punish efficiency? It doesn’t make sense. We need a better funding formula that is transparent and not ar tif icially exaggerated.” Local school officials h ave w a r n e d t h a t t h e proposed cut s i n st at e aid will likely lead to the elimination of staff positions, the ter mination of full-day kindergarten programs, reduced bussing, and cuts to extracurricular activities.

“Our office recently demanded full transparency from the Department of Education about their process for calculating o u r L o c a l Fa i r Sh a r e , but those requests were never answered,” added Assembly ma n McGuckin. “It’s appalling that t he D OE c o nt i nu e s t o keep secret their calculations of what they think ou r prope r t y t a xpayers should pay. My colleagues and I will work hard to ensure that our school districts have the answers they desperately need to garner their fair share of school aid.”

Congressmen Kim Introduces Bill to Protect Access to Vote, Honor Local Suffragist

up to u s to honor t hat leg a c y a nd m a ke s u r e that every American has a chance to exercise their right to vote. The f irst step towards exercising that right is registering. By ensuring that citizens can register unimpeded, we can truly strengthen our democracy and make sure every voice is heard.” The Alice Paul Voter

Protection Act protects voter registration efforts by ma k i ng it u nlawf ul for any person to hinder or prevent another person from registering or aiding another person in registering to vote. The legislation also encourages the establishment of best practices to ensure that states protect these critical rights.

A native of New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, Paul was a member of the National America n Women’s Suf f rage Association ( NAWSA), where she led its Cong r e s sio n a l C o m m it t e e which worked for a federal suffrage amendment. She was imprisoned for her efforts and forced to endure torturous conditions.

News of her impr isonment and torture helped to shif t public opinion on expanding the r ight to vote and was a critical turning point in the eventual passage of the 19th Amendment. Pa u l’s leg a c y i s e n shrined at the Alice Paul Institute, which is located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Bill Would Require Pharmacists To Educate Patients How To Dispose Of Meds One of three American h o m e s h ave fo r g o t t e n prescriptions in the bathr o om c a bi ne t s. O f t e n , t h e m e d i c i n e i n cludes addictive opioids. “This is an eye-opener that unfortunately isn’t being recognized like it should,” said Kean. “Sometimes the most dangerous drugs are hiding in our medicine cabinets. It is dangerous to let them fall

into the wrong hands or end up in our environment.” Under the bill, pharmacists must provide instructions that also warn patients of the potential risks if the medication is not discarded safely. They must also make available a deactivation product that can neutralize 98 percent of drugs. The bill was named after Charlie Van Tassel, who died

at 33 years old after battling addiction for many years. “Pharmacists can provide valuable education so that their patients don’t become part of, or contribute to, u n s e t t l i n g s t a t i s t i c s ,” said Thomson. “We all have to do a lot more to help people like Charlie who are in a fight to stay sober.” More than 70 percent of

people abusing opioids for nonmedical reasons get them from family or friends according to the gover n ment’s Nat ional H o u s e h ol d S u r ve y o n D r u g Use a nd He a lt h. Fi f t y-f ive p e r c e nt ob t ai ned the d r ugs for free, another 11 percent bought them, and 5 perce nt got t he m w it hout asking.

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OPINIONS & COMMENTARY E ditorial What Teacher Inspired You? “Monsieur Bonehead. Monsieur Conehead.” That was how Jack Kolmansberger introduced himself to his class, with a French accent, getting us kids engaged right from the first day of school. It was like he was telling us: “Education is important, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun.” I ran into him years ago. I was walking with my daughter on the Island Heights boardwalk. He seemed to remember me, too. I’m not sure if it was because my father was an administrator or if Jack was just the type of person who remembered everyone. He told me he had “cancer of the everything” and cheerfully joked about his treatment. Officials and surviving relatives remembered him at a ceremony not too long ago at Shelter

Cove in Toms River. They were honor ing him for his work in the recreation department. But I remember him as one of my French teachers. It’s nice to see he had an impact on other people as well. Apparently, he touched a lot of lives and his legacy is clear to see. I’m sure you have a teacher – or teachers – who you remember fondly. Take a minute away from the hectic world and just think about them. Write out a thank you to them. It doesn’t mat te r if they ever get to see it. Remember what they wanted for you. With all the negative things being spread on social media, post something positive instead. Let their legacy live on. Chris Lundy News Editor

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Letters To The Editor Funding Cuts Will Hurt Kids’ Emotional Education I am a teacher in the Toms River School District. I have nieces and nephews who attend the s cho ol s , a t e a ch le vel (elementary, middle and h ig h s cho ol). T he i m pending implementation of S2 (which is reducing state aid to the districts) will not only put my job at risk, along with hundreds of other teachers in the district, but will also severely impact the education and growth of each and ever y student in attendance at our 18 schools. We are living through scary times in this country and now, more than e ve r, c h i l d r e n n e e d a quality education that not only teaches them how to read and write and solve math problems, etc., but also teaches them right from wrong and how to work with and get along with others and how to deal with their emotions. Believe it or not, many students don’t learn these life skills at home. M a ny a r e not g r owing up with loving and nurturing environments that many of us grew up with. Instead, they learn skills and values at school because of teachers who work hard to make sure they’re not only teaching a c a d e m ic le s s on s , but also life lessons. However, I can’t give my st udent s a qu alit y, well-rounded education if my class size balloons t o 4 0 s t u d e nt s . I a l s o wouldn’t be able to afford the cost of supplying that many students with what they need (teachers spend their own money to suf f iciently provide for their st udents). My nieces and nephews can’t get a quality education if each of their classes hold 39 other students. T h is is one of ma ny negative effects that S2

Letters To The Editor will have on our district. Toms River needs real with the marching band I grew up as a student in the Toms River District. Being able to teach in the district I attended as a child has given me a great sense of pride. As a Toms River student, I was provided with textbooks and supplies. I par ticipated in clubs and sports at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Teachers had manageable class sizes, so I always felt like I was well cared for and well taught. I have fond memories of growing up i n t h is d ist r ict. Sa d ly, this will not be the case for thousands of students who will soon be forced t o g row t h roug h la rge class sizes, lack of sports and clubs, lack of technology and curriculum, and a district struggling to stay af loat. Toms R iver suf fered greatly in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. We ha d t he most proper t y damage of any town in the state and, thus, our township’s ratable base is millions less than it was before Sandy. Instead of helping a town in need, S2 will decimate us. The children of Toms River deserve better! Please understand that Toms River Schools are t h e fo u n d a t io n of o u r community. The proposal of S2 will do ir reversible damage to not only our dist rict, but to our town as well. Our schools have some of the lowest per-pupil spending in the state. Our tax levy currently increases each year to attempt to maintain the qualit y of ou r dist r ict. The initial $2.3 million funding cut will hurt our children. The seven year phased in cut of over $20 million will eviscerate our district. Forced 2 percent annual property tax increases will not even come close to replacing the lost funding. If taxes are raised but the quality of education plummets, people will move out of district or out of state.

school f unding refor m. SFRA is a f lawed policy! It takes money to run a h ig h - q u a l it y s c h o ol district. Toms River Reg ion al Schools is cu rrently operating over $40 million below adequacy according to the NJ Depar tment of Education. They say we should be s p e nd i ng $2 ,966 more per child. We spend less. What is our reward for e d u c at i ng ch i ld r e n on a shoestring budget? A budget cut! S2 will cut o u r s t a t e a i d b y ove r $1,300 per child a total of over $20 million annually over the next few years. This will, without a doubt, force our district to cut programs and staff. Toms River’s per pupil costs are already among the lowest in the state. We cannot absorb the scheduled decrease in funding under S2 without doing irreparable harm to our children. It will cause severe cuts in staff, cuts in programs and significant proper t y t a x i ncreases just to maintain a reduced quality of education. Plea se t h i n k about whether you would want a child or relative of yours to attend a district that has been forced to cut hundreds of teachers and programs (among other things), which cont ribu t e t o a h ig h q u a l it y, well-rounded education. Thin k about whether you’d want that child to be one student in a class of 40. Do you think he/ she would get the supp or t a nd at t e nt ion he/ she needs from the sole teacher in the classroom? Would he/she learn all of the state standards when, every day, the teacher has to deal with 40 different personalities of students who come from different backgrounds and different ci rcu mst ances? Do you want that same child to never experience the joy of playing on a team and beating your crosstown rival? Or playing

before an exciting game? Think about some of the t h i ngs you loved most about being a student in the district you attended. Now think about how you would’ve felt if all of the t h i ngs you loved most were taken away by the state. That is what Toms River Students are on the verge of facing. I implore you to rethink this budget cut. Allison Fritz Toms River

Toms River Could – And Should Bring In New Businesses This letter is in response to the article in the February 9, 2019 issue related to lack of exciting retail establishments in Toms River. Toms River Township business administrator, planner, municipal elected officials, and Downtown Improvement District executive director should stop sitting on their hands and need look no further than one town nor th of Toms River: Brick Township! Their retail industry is growing and thriving… constantly adding quality retail businesses in a welcoming environment. Yes, they do have some ‘big box’ stores too, but they also have remodeled their walk-able malls between Chambers Bridge, Cedar Bridge, and Route 70. They consistently partner with their local Chamber of Commerce to ensure a healthy mix of new businesses including restaurants, lifestyle establishments, and medical arts facilities. Come on Toms River, get with the program and TR Chamber, you should get moving too! Mary O. Malagiere Toms River


Continued From Page 2 a week, but only an estimated ten percent of drug abusers seek help, he said. The Murphy administration supports the use of medication to treat substance abuse and is pushing to train family physicians to take an eight-hour course on how to use the drugs, said NJ Health commissioner Dr. Shereef Einahal, who attended the opening. Einahal said that Ocean County is one of the most devastated areas in the state in terms of overdoses and resulting deaths. “There have already been over 400 deaths in 2019 in New Jersey and 30 in Ocean County,” said the health commissioner. “We license centers like these because it’s safe treatment, and they have the right staffing and training,” he said. “We need clinics like these and other mental health facilities that can reduce barriers and treat addiction.” Opioid abusers are treated six days a week at the outpatient clinic. They enter the building and check-in on a computer screen. Then they are called to one of about a dozen windows, where a nurse gives them a suboxone pill, which they put under their tongue, take a seat within view of the nurse and sit on their hands until the pill has dissolved. If methadone is warranted, the patient gets the measured liquid in a cup at the window and drinks it in front of the nurse. On the seventh day when the center is closed they get a pill to take at home, Dr. Johnson said.

The Brick Times, March 16, 2019, Page 9 After two years, if they are doing well, they can bring the pills home and come in for monthly checkups, he said. Suboxone can be continued long-term, but most people get weaned off methadone, he said. Addiction is a chronic, treatable brain disease brought on by a combination of environment and genetics, and addiction can result when stress is combined with exposure to an opioid. “It’s not an opioid crisis, it’s a behavioral health crisis,” Johnson said. “People have emotional and mental problems - we’re not talking about people who are schizophrenic or bipolar.” Most drug abusers get addicted from a friend, who offers them the drug for the first time. With recent limitations placed on doctors, there are fewer prescription opioids, like oxycontin, out on the street now, which can sell for about $60 for a 30 milligram pill on the black market, Dr. Johnson said. “And the oxy might not be oxy, it could be fentanyl, which is much more potent, and it is showing up in Xanax, amphetamines, cocaine, and in bags of heroin - and the amount varies,” the doctor explained. “And it’s incredibly lethal, you can’t tell by looking at it. That’s why the [overdose] death rate is so high.” With doctors now prescribing fewer opioids after learning about patient overdoses, abusers are moving back towards using heroin, and there has been an upswing in methamphetamine usage because of the fentanyl risk, he said. “Medication assisted treatment saves lives,” said Dr. Johnson.

Keep Brick Fire Safe BRICK – The Brick Township Bureau of Fire Safety is committed to keeping the community of Brick Township FIRE SAFE. Every Friday we will be posting #BTFDFireSafetyFacts to social media to provide you with information that can help you help us keep Brick Township Fire Safe. Heating, holiday decorations, winter storms and candles all contribute to an

increased risk of fire during the winter months. The Brick Bureau of Fire Safety, the NFPA and the U.S. Fire Administration are teaming up to help reduce your risk to winter fires and other hazards, including carbon monoxide and electrical fires. Visit…/Campaigns/Put-AFreeze-on-Winter-Fires for some really great tips on staying fire safe this season.

Ukrainian Egg Decorating ISLAND HEIGHTS – On March 27, 7-9 p.m., the Ocean County Artists’ Guild will host a Demonstration of Ukrainian Egg Decorating. Admission is free. The Ocean County Artists’ Guild is located at 22 Chestnut Avenue, Island Heights Borough. For more information, visit

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Program on Women And Tea In The Victorian Era Coming To Brick Library BRICK – The Brick Branch of the Ocean County Library will host “Women & Tea in the Victorian Era with Judith Krall-Russo” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 30. Tea was introduced to England in the middle of the 17th century as an exotic and expensive beverage. It could only be purchased in coffee houses prohibited to women. It was not until the middle of the 19th century that the price of tea was affordable and available for all social classes. Learn how tea had an impact on up-

per-class and working-class women as well as how tea affected women’s social events, dress styles, business, and health. Judith Krall-Russo is a tea expert and historian. She is a regular lecturer and seminar organizer across New Jersey. The branch is located at 301 Chambers Bridge Road. Registration is required for this free program. To register, call the branch at 732477-4513 or visit theoceancountylibrary. org/events.

Brick Historical Society Trip To Amish Country

BRICK – The Brick Township Historical Society will sponsor a day trip to the Amish Country on April 26, 2019. The cost is $74 for members and $79 for non-members and includes transportation, a two hour tour through the farmlands with a step-on guide, the smorgasbord at Shady

Maple and all gratuities. There will be several stops at Amish owned businesses for shopping. To check availability or make a reservation email through the society website at: or call 732-785-2500.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt 2019

POINT PLEASANT – The Borough of Point Pleasant Borough is hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m.– 12 p.m. Please bring your camera for pictures with the Bunny. Bags for gathering eggs will be provided. This event is open to Point Borough

residents. Register by April 5 using your community pass account or visit ptboro. com/recreation to create an account. If you are interested in sponsoring golden egg prizes please email ssilversmith@ or call the Recreation Office at 732-892-5813.

Pancakes for Parkinson’s 2019

TOMS RIVER – Between 9 a.m. & 1 p.m., stop in for a delicious breakfast, live music, and fun while supporting The Michael J. Fox Foundation at our 5th Pancakes for Parkinson’s! The event

will be located at Silver Ridge Park East in Toms River, NJ on Saturday, March 23, 2019. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact via Facebook message.

Mom & Her Little Prince

BRICK – Brick Township Recreation presents Mom & Her Little Prince on May 3, 6-7:30 p.m. at Brick Civic Plaza. This event is for princes ages 10 and under. Cost is $25

per mom. For your convenience, register online at parksandrecreation.bricktownship. net. For more information, call Barbara at 732-262-4622.

Addiction Assistance In Brick

BRICK – The BLUE HART program is available on Thursdays in Brick at no cost. People who are seeking help with addiction are urged to take advantage of the program.

Brick Township’s overdose numbers are continuing to decrease and we believe it is a result of all of our efforts which include education, enforcement, drug take back and treatment.

2019 Beach Badges On Sale BRICK – 2019 Beach Badges are now on sale at the Recreation Office at 270 Chambers Bridge Road. Buy your today! Season badges are $25; after June 15, they will be $30. Season parking is $30. Senior citizen parking is $15 for those 65 or older.

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Brick Seeking Vendors & Exhibitors For Green Fair

BRICK – Sustainable Brick, the Brick Township Environmental Commission, the Brick Township Recreation Department and the Brick Township Tourist Development Commission would like to invite your organization/company to have a display at our 9th Annual Br ick Tow nship G reen Fair to t ake place on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s Green Fair, with its theme “Make One Change”, will be held at Br ick Tow n sh ip H ig h Scho ol , 34 6 Chambers Bridge Rd., Brick, NJ. This is an indoor venue. Vendors and Exhibitors: Tables and chairs are in limited supply so we prefer you to bring your own. Otherwise, requests should be made in the space below. Please indicate if you require access to electricity as well. We ask that all vendors and exhibitors strive

to represent this year’s theme to the best of your ability in your exhibits, displays and interactions with the attendees. (Example: the Brick Township Environ mental Com mission will be promoting the “Pick Up Brick” anti-litter program) Please print and fill out an application and retur n no later than March 29 to Town Hall, Attn: Keith Rella, 401 Chambers Bridge Road, Brick, NJ 08723, or e-mail to Participation is limited to those businesses and organizations which promote or foster sustainability, conservation, social justice, stewardship, reduced con su mpt ion , or “g re e n”, e nv i ronmental, locally produced services and products. All exhibitors/vendors must be set-up by 9 a.m. There will be volunteers present that morning to assist you.

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LAKEWOOD – This program is for you if you’ve learned some English and want to practice speaking it with other English language learners. Improve your accents, learn new vocabulary and American slang and become familiar with people from other cultures.

Come any Monday night to the Lakewood Branch Library at 6:30 p.m. and practice with native English speakers and other people from a variety of countries. We have friendly, informative meetings. Everyone is welcome! No registration is necessary.

Theodore Roosevelt Comes to Ocean County Historical Society

TOMS RIVER – Be entertained, educated, and inspired by Peyton Dixon’s portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt at the Ocean County Historical Society on March 24, 2019 at 2 p.m. Presented by the American Historical

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notyic leukemia. Tickets can be purchased in advance, or at the door: $3 per adult, $2 per student. Arrive early, as this event draws a large crowd and seating fills fast. Let’s all lend a helping hand as a strong and caring community and show our support for Lucia and her family.


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as one of your fingers ever become stuck in a bent position, becoming painful and difficult to straighten after holding your cup of coffee? Or, does your finger click when you are holding a knife and fork. If so, then you may be experiencing trigger finger. Stenosing tenosynovitis, commonly known as trigger finger, is a condition where the lining of the flexor tendon becomes thick or swollen. The increased thickness and swelling compresses the tendon preventing it from gliding smoothly. This can cause the tendon to click or get stuck and lock. Prolonged irritation through repetitive use of the hand may cause scarring and the formation of nodules. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2% to 3% of the population will experience trigger finger in their lifetime, but increases to 10% in the diabetic population. Women are six times more likely than men to develop trigger finger and the average age of onset is 50 or older. Evidence suggests that the ring finger is the most commonly affected finger followed by the thumb, but all of the digits can be affected. Let’s review the basic anatomy of trigger finger. Each finger has tendons that run on the palm side of the finger that are responsible for flexing or bending the finger. These tendons are surrounded by a protective sheath and run through a system of pulleys that help to keep the tendon in place. In most cases, the most common location for trigger finger is at the base of the finger on the palm side of the hand at the large knuckle called the metacarpophalangeal joint (MCP). This is the area of the A1 pulley and it is prone to irritation due to the high levels of force applied during gripping. You can think of the A1 pulley as the eye of a sewing

needle and the flexor tendon in its sheath as a piece of thread. When the tendon sheath becomes swollen and irritated it would be like trying to thread twine through the sewing needle; it would become stuck. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS - Stiffness in your finger - Tenderness and/or a nodule at the base of the finger - Locking of your finger in a bent position and then it will pop straight or need to be straightened using your other hand. - Popping or clicking when you move your finger CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS The exact cause of trigger finger is not known. There are several factors that could contribute to trigger finger including some of the following. - Repetitive use of the hand. - Prolonged use of hand held tools. - Local trauma to the hand/finger. - Degenerative forces and stress to the hand. Research has shown that individuals with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and DeQuervain’s tendonitis are at higher risk for developing trigger finger. TREATMENT OPTIONS There are several treatment options for trigger finger ranging from conservative techniques, including occupational or physical therapy, to surgical intervention. Some of the treatment options include: - Splinting the involved finger to help decrease friction at the A1 pulley and decrease inflammation. The finger splint is typically worn during times of activity during the day and can be used at night time as well. An occupational therapist would be able to fabricate a custom trigger finger splint. - Activity modification, including rest, to reduce

irritation to the involved finger while maintaining the ability to participate in your daily activities. - Corticosteroid injection. - Surgical release of the trigger finger. Surgery is typically indicated when conservative treatments are unsuccessful and has proven to alleviate trigger finger symptoms. Trigger Finger can have a significant impact on the use of your hand and your daily routine. Recognizing and addressing symptoms early is a key factor in treating trigger finger. At All Care Physical Therapy, our Hand Therapist specializes in the treatment of trigger finger and other hand disorders. Contact your physician if you are experiencing these symptoms and ask if an Occupational Therapist at All Care can help.

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Pregnancy should be a time of joy, but sadly for some women it brings unexpected health challenges. Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs during pregnancy where blood pressure spikes very high and excess protein spills into the urine. It limits the amount of blood flowing through the placenta which put both mother and child at risk for harm, and miscar r iages and fat alities do occu r. Some women are more prone to preeclampsia than others, especially if they come into their pregnancy with hypertension, excessive weight or obesity, or a pre-existing condition of diabetes, kidney disease, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Getting pregnant after age 40 may increase risk, as does in vitro fertilization, donor insemination, or carrying twins or triplets. There are several ways to take care of yourself and reduce complications. Lying on your left side (to take the baby’s weight off major blood vessels) is a wise thing to do. Also, it’s good to consume less processed foods which contain a lot of salt (sodium chloride) which increases blood pressure. Low dose aspirin is another idea that you can talk to our doctor about. A brand new study published in January 2019, in the respected French journal, Presse Medicale found that taking aspirin at bedtime may be helpful in high-risk patients. This is not the first

study to suggest aspirin is useful. Aspirin is a platelet inhibitor that means it works to thin the blood which in turn, helps regulate blood pressure. A low-dose of aspirin blocks Thromboxane A2 (TXA2) from forming in the platelets. Think of thromboxane as glue. When you block the glue formation that makes the platelets less sticky. So one effect from aspirin is to keep the blood thinner and less sticky so then, there is less pressure on the blood vessels. Too much aspirin will cause excessive thinning of the blood and easy bruising and bleeding. Probiotics may help with preeclampsia too. There is a protective effect of Lactobacillus probiotics, and this is interesting because a person’s gut microbiome directly impacts their thyroid hormone levels. Healthy gut status improves thyroid hormone conversion, and that in turn improves fertility. But more importantly, there is an anti-inflammatory effect from probiotics and a new study found that lactobacillus could help the improve odds of carrying full term if you have preeclampsia. Cortisol to cortisone levels matter too. If this topic interests you, please sign up for my free newsletter at suzycohen. com and I’ll email you the information. In the meantime, reduce your stress as much as possible because high cortisol is harmful if you have preeclampsia. For more information visit preeclampsia. org

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Robert Eric’s Piano Man – A Tribute to Billy Joel


TOMS RIVER – Tickets are on sale now for a spring concert event to benefit the students of Ocean County College. The OCC Foundation and The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts are partnering to host Robert Eric’s Piano Man – A Tribute to Billy Joel on Saturday, March 30. The Grunin Center is located on the OCC Main Campus on College Drive in Toms River. A VIP reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., in the Black Box Theatre, and the concert begins at 8:00 p.m. on the Main Stage. VIP reception (includes wine, beer, light fare) / concert tickets are $100. Tickets for the concert only are $45. Proceeds from the event will support the mission of the OCC Foundation and help students fulfill their dreams of college education. Known as “Philly’s Piano Man,” Robert Eric began his career with the group “Big Shot,” Bil-



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Dear Joel, I get my day started by listening to you on Preferred Company. I have a question and I think that you would be able to give me some meaningful advice on how to deal with this situation. My son is a very successful project manager for Amazon and he lives in Seattle. He and his wife have three beautiful little girls but I almost never get to see them because they live so far away and my husband refuses to fly. When I try and talk to my husband about flying out to Washington to see them, he flat out refuses without giving it a thought, and sometimes it even leads to a bigger argument. We haven’t seen our grandchildren in almost six months, and I miss them very much. My son tries to come here once a year, but he is always very busy. How can I approach my husband and talk with him, civilly, about this? Sincerely, Gretchen

Yo u r s o n sounds like he is on the right path in life, and that is something to be optimistic about. We hear so many horror stories nowadays about people who are just not on the right path in life, so it is nice to hear that your son is married with children and has a stable job. As for your husband not wanting to fly have you asked him why? Flying is a real fear among many people out there. Have you thought that maybe your husband is afraid of flying but does not want to admit it? Have you flown anywhere else recently? I highly doubt that he just flat out does not want to see his grandchildren – so there has to be a bigger issue. You can also consider taking a train. While it does take much longer, there are routes that Amtrak provides that could get you to Washington. I hope this helps. Joel

Dear Gretchen, First off, thank you for being a regular listener to Preferred Company. We enjoy spending our morning with you as much as you do spending it with us.

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Brick Police Warn Against Scam Calls BRICK – Brick Police are warning residents of possible scam calls. The department said they have been getting repor ts of residents receiving calls that look like they’re from the Brick Police. This scam isn’t exclusive only to Brick either, as reports of the same kinds of calls have occurred in other jurisdictions. If the police call you, and you want to be certain that it is actually the police, you can always let the caller know that you will call them right back at the po-

lice station phone number. The number for Brick Police is 732262-1100. If you suspect the call may be a scam, ask the caller for his or her name and badge number and let them know you’ll call them right back at the police station. When you call the station, ask the communications operator who answers the phone for the name of the officer you were just on the phone with, and they’ll connect you. That way you can be certain it is actually the police, and not a scammer.

Save The Date For The Tour de Boro

POINT PLEASANT – The Point Pleasant Elks are hosting the Tour de Boro bike tour on May 11, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Arnold Ave. You must be 21 years or older to participate. Tour de Boro is currently in the planning stages. This event is to raise money for our

beloved lodge. The cost is $25 to join in on the fun. This will include your T-shirt and a few extra perks. This event is on bicycles. This event is open to members and their guests! More details to follow regarding stops. Let’s make this a great event!

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EATONTOW N – Prefer red Home Health Ca re & Nu rsi ng Ser vices ( PH HC) I nc., with headqu a r ters i n Eatontown, will honored by LADACIN Net work at its 2019 Rosebud Gala, Saturday, March 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, Eatontown. P r e fe r r e d H o m e He a l t h C a r e & Nursing Services, an Annual Corporate Gold Guardian Sponsor, is being honored for its continuous support of LA DACI N Net work. I n addition to generous donations, PHHC has also provided staff t rainings for LA DACI N and has suppor ted LADACI N’s events, including representation on the Rosebud Committee since 2014 and its participation on “Team LADACIN” in the N.J. Marathon in 2014 and 2017. Since 1993, PHHC has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pedi-

atric to geriatric care in 14 locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Joel Markel, founder and president of PHHC, prides himself on the fact that his agency gives the “highest degree of custodial and medical nursing care, along with giving guidance on the emotional issues families may face.” Other honorees include Humanitarian Honorees, Rosebud Legacy Volunteers: Marlene Bell, Jean Catlin, Rosemary and William P. Collopy, Marian Hartnett, Thomas F. Hayes, Bon nie Hogan, Donna Macaluso, and Kathleen Vivona. Brick Memorial High School National Honor Society will receive the Young Leaders Award. For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of com mu n it y relat ion s, at l isa @ pre fer or 732-547-9886, or visit

Health Department Now Offering Free Breastfeeding Class By Kimberly Bosco

TOMS RIVER – Calling all new and expecting mothers! The Ocean County Health Department wants to help you on your breastfeeding journey with “Nursing Your Newborn.” Learn the basics of breastfeeding in this free class, held every third Wednesday of the month at the Southern Ocean County Medical Center, 7-9 p.m. “The Ocean County Health Department is proud to be teaming up with Southern Ocean Medical Center by offering this free, 2 hour class, and preparing mothers with the basics to begin her breastfeeding journey,” said Daniel E. Regenye, Ocean County Health Department Public Health Coordinator. The class will discuss the following: • How breastfeeding works • Establishing a good milk supply • How to get your baby to latch • How to know if your baby is getting enough milk • Positions for breastfeeding • When and where to get support • How to choose a breast pump • Returning to work and maintaining

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your milk supply • Common challenges, and more “We are very excited about this program and the chance to help remove obstacles to obtaining high-level, evidence-based lactation support in the county,” said Patricia High, Ocean County Health Department Assistant Public Health Coordinator. “Allow the OCHD professionals to help give you the best instruction and guide you through the nursing process because the more education you get now the better equipped you’ll be at home with your baby.” This class is free, but registration is required. To register, call 1-800-5609990 to reserve a spot for you and one support person. “You can certainly learn about breastfeeding on the internet or from other materials, but nothing is better than the information, interaction and hands-on lessons you’ll receive from this class,” said Regenye. For more information, visit breastfeeding.


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OHI Hosts Screenings For Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

By Kimberly Bosco OCEAN COUNTY – Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI) is hosting a series of educational events and screenings though March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. These programs will be held: • March 18: Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Rd., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. • March 20: Little Egg Harbor Health Center, 798 Route 539, Building 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; • March 22: Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. In honor of March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, OHI will be offering special screenings and providing important information regarding this disease. These include the Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT), a noninvasive test that screens for hidden blood in the stool which can be

an early sign for cancer. The events will also provide Lung Cancer Screenings, Cervical Cancer and Nutrition. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and American Cancer Society recommend that men and women over 45 years of age get regular screenings for this common yet preventable cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death in the US. “It is very important to make our patients and the community aware of what screening resources are available to them,” said Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, Chief Medical Officer at OHI, “Knowing when to get checked for a disease can go a long way towards helping prevent complications down the road and maintain a healthy life style.” For more information, contact Kyle Fannan, marketing development associate, at 732-719-1570 or visit

Manasquan River Group of Artists Exhibit At Point Beach Library POINT PLEASANT BEACH – The Point Pleasant Beach Branch of the Ocean County Library will host an art exhibit by Manasquan River Group of Artists until March 30. Manasquan River Group of Artists was founded in 1938. Each year, members of the

group exhibit their work consisting of paintings in watercolors, acrylic, pastels, and oils. The branch is located at 710 McLean Ave. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch at 732892-4575.

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Michael J. Deem, Esq, of R.C. Shea & Associates is a member of the New Jersey Association for Justice Board of Governors. NJAJ and R.C. Shea & Associates strongly support A-4293, a bill which protects insurance consumers from unreasonable delays in the payment or denials of legitimate claims. When someone buys an insurance policy, that person has a simple expectation - which is that the insurance provider will be there in their customer’s time of need. Too often, however, insurers seek to avoid paying claims in order to protect their bottom lines. We are very concerned about the rising trend of insurance companies acting in bad faith by unreasonably delaying or denying payment that is justly due. This is practice is unfair and wrong. Insurers should have their customers, not their shareholders be their highest priority. A-4293 recognizes this obvious injustice and remedies it by allowing those filing claims the first-party right to sue their insurance companies for bad faith if and when those companies fail to properly settle claims. Insurance companies have civil and criminal remedies available to hold people accountable if they commit insurance fraud. They have the Office of Insurance Fraud as an arm of state government to investigate and prosecute insurance fraud when the companies are victim. But, the honest consumer does not now have a remedy against an insurance company when a valid claim is denied or delayed. This bill levels the playing field so consumers are protected when they are the victim of insurance fraud. Whether it is for claims relating to declared disasters or automobile coverage that they are required by the State of New Jersey to purchase, the first-party right to sue levels the proverbial playing field. It allows consumers to hold powerful insurance companies accountable for delaying or denying just payment to their customers. Automobile insurance is perhaps the only

product that people are required to purchase but are then forced to seek permission in order to use it. Additionally, the provider of that insurance product is then permitted to tell the consumer that he or she cannot use a product that they have already purchased. A-4293 corrects this situation. This bill seeks recognition of that fact that insurance companies should be held to account when the fail to act in good faith. This is a simple expectation that every consumer has when they choose to do business with any company. The fact that auto insurance consumers are required by law to purchase this service and that they are putting the wellbeing of themselves and their loved one in the hands of the insurance companies only increases the stakes. In far too many cases, insurance companies delay, deny and defend claims. This dishonest practice forces their customers to fight for needed medical care, treatment for injuries or funds to repair damaged property. When an insurance company unjustly delays or denies the payment of legitimate claims, consumers must have the right to go to court. Presently, consumers in this state have no practical remedy if their insurance company unreasonably delays or refuses payment on a claim. Insurance customers are entitled to have their claims resolved in a fair and equitable manner without unreasonable delay; this is why they need the ability to seek redress when an insurance company acts in bad faith. We strongly encourage our readers to contact their Legislature and ask him/her to pass A-4293 which would provide much needed insurance consumer protection. R.C. Shea & Associates has form letters and e-mail available should you require assistance with your effort to contact your Legislature. Please do not hesitate to call us 732-505-1212.

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9th Annual Brick Township Green Fair

BRICK – Sustainable Brick, the Brick Township Environmental Commission, the Brick Township Recreation Department and the Brick Township Tourist Development Commission would like to invite your organization or company to have a display at their 9th Annual Brick Township Green Fair to take place on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s event will be held at Brick Township High School, 346 Chambers Bridge Rd. There is no fee for exhibitors (non-profits and charitable organizations). Vendors are required to pay a $40 vendor fee. The deadline to apply is March 29. For further details and to download the application visit…/township-seeking-vendors-an…/.

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CLASSIFIEDS Real Estate Rental or Purchase 1 & 2 BR Homes – Adult 55+ Community Homestead Run – Toms River. Call 732-370-2300. (17)

For Rent Seaside Park Beautiful (Yearly) Oceanfront - Home with yard, porch, deck, parking, cabana hot/cold shower, super clean 2 or 3 bedroom with spectacular sunrises. From $1800 monthly or rent the entire summer season. 908-278-5491. (13)

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) Vinyl Records Wanted - Rock, Blues, Reggae, Metal, Punk, Jazz, Psychedelic, soul. Very good condition only. Call Rick 908-616-7104. (15) 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) 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) C a s h - To p d o l l a r, p a i d f o r junk, cars running and nonrunning, late model salvage, cars and trucks, etc. 732-928-3713. (11)

Misc. Gift Auction - Project Graduation 2019 Sunday April 7, 1-5 p.m. $15 per person. Brick Memorial High School gold cafeteria, 2001 Lanes Mill Road, Brick. For ticket sales and information contact bmprojectgraduations@ (14) Comic Festival - March 24 Toms River Elks, 600 Washington Street. Spider-Man artists Keith Williams, Bob Sharen Toys, cards, crafts, cars, costumes. 609-2427756. (14)

Personals Single Senior Males 65+ - Need friend, companion or partner. Must have good standards and qualities. Enjoy life, not alone. Please leave message, phone number for return call 732-678-6786. (16)

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Become A Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence

HAZLET – You can be the change you want to see in the world by joining 180’s life-saving and life-changing mission today. 180 Turning Lives Around (180), a private non-profit organization in Monmouth County, continues to provide confidential support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence in the aftermath of a highly emotional and traumatic experience with the assistance of its dedicated response team volunteers. 180 will be conducting a 40-hour mandatory training course for new Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) Victim Advocates, April 29-May 23, Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6 -9:30 p.m., in the courtroom at Hazlet Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road in Hazlet. Training will be provided to successful applicants. 180’s volunteer DVRT Advocates are civilian members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide support, information, and resources to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. Advocates also discuss with victims safety planning and their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. By providing empathy and a crucial perspective of the situation, these specially-trained advocates help to empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that they must be eighteen years of age or older, have access to reliable transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process, submit to background investigations and fingerprinting, and successfully complete the mandatory training. The police departments and 180 are committed to culturally and socially diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous. For an application or additional information, please contact Tina Morgan, Assistant Coordinator, Victim Support Program, at or 732 264-4360, Ext. 4272. Please mention the town where you reside. Deadline to apply is April 19th. Applications are also available for download at

tic-violence-response-team-advocate/. The free, confidential service of the DVRT program is available for victims of domestic violence, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, at police departments in Monmouth County. For 43 years, 180 Turning Lives Around has

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you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, please call the 180 Turning Lives Around 24/7 Confidential Hotline at 732-264-4111 or 888-843-9262. Visit for more information. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

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Author Tim O’Brien Visits Grunin Center

TOMS RIVER — Last year the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Arts Midwest awarded Toms River Regional Schools a $15,000 grant to host NEA Big Read, the aim of which is to broaden u nderst anding of ou r world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. On Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m., Tim O’Brien – author of “The Things They Carried” – will visit the Jay and Linda Grunin Center of the Arts as the culmination of Toms River’s 2018-2019 NEA Big Read. This event, which will feature a book discussion followed by a Q&A and a book signing, is free and open to the public. The Grunin Center is located on the Ocean County College Main Campus, on College Drive in Toms River. O’Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel “Going After Cacciato,” and his work “In the Lake of the Woods,” published in 1994, was chosen by Time Magazineas the best novel of that year. The book also received the James Fenimore Cooper Prize from the Society of American Historians and was selected as one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times. In 2005, “The Things They Carried” was named by The New York Timesas one of the 22 best books of the last quarter century. It received the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award in fiction and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics

Circle Award. The French edition of “The Things They Carried” received one of France’s most prestigious literar y awards, the Pr ix du Meilleu r Livre Etranger. The title stor y from “The Things They Carried” received the National Magazine Award and was selected by John Updike for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. In 2010, O’Brien received the Katherine Anne Porter Award, presented by t he A mer ica n Academy of A r t s and Letters for a distinguished lifetime body of work. Two years later, he received the Richard C. Holbrooke Dist i ng u ished Ach ieveme nt Awa rd from the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation. In 2013, O’Brien received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature from the Pritzker Military Library, and in 2018 he received the Mark Twain Award in literature. O’Brien’s short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Esquire, Playboy, Harper’s Magazine, and numerous editions of The O. Henry Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stor ies. His novels have sold more than six million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages. This event is presented by: the Toms River Regional School District, NEA Big Read, Ocean County College, and the Ocean County College Foundation. For more infor mation, contact the Grunin Center at 732-255-0500 or visit

Girl Scout Night At The Lakewood BlueClaws

By Kimberly Bosco LAKEWOOD – The Lakewood BlueClaws and the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore are teaming up for a special Girl Scout Family Night at FirstEnergy Park on Friday, June 21, at 7:05 p.m. Come out with family and friends to enjoy a baseball game and a night of fun, featuring an on-field parade, contests, Girl Scout exhibitions and post-game f ireworks. Thousands of Girl Scouts will be at the ready with infor mation on Girl Scout programs and how being a Girl Scout can impact a young girl’s life. “The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore have always enjoyed the strong support of the BlueClaws,” said Eileen M. Higgins, CEO, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “Our new community partnership takes our collaboration to another level and will directly benefit our girls.” Gates will open for activities at 6 p.m. The game against West Virginia Power begins at 7:05 p.m. “The BlueClaws are very excited to

par t ner with the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore for what promises to be a full night of fun on June 21st,” said BlueClaws Team President Joe Ricciutti. “Girl Scouts and their families from all around the Shore will be able to take part in the best of the BlueClaws - from the boardwalk games, to great food, and fantastic post-game fireworks show!” Tickets are $11 each and include a hot dog, fountain soda, ice cream and one free boardwalk game. Girl Scouts even get a special on-field overnight option for only $10 more, where the girls can enjoy a movie, snacks and breakfast the following morning. All proceeds from Girl Scout Night will benefit local programs and activities for Girl Scouts from Monmouth and Ocean Counties. For more i n for m at ion or t o pu rchase tickets, visit GirlScouts. For groups of 20 or more, cont act Elias R iginos, G roup Sales Manager, at 732-901-7000 ext. 125.

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TOMS RIVER — The Ocean County College Foundation will hold its 2019 Schola rsh ip Celebrat ion on Fr id ay, June 14, at 6:00 pm on the College’s Main Campus in Toms River. Scholarship Celebration proceeds benefit the mission of the OCC Foundation, a private non-profit organization celebrating more than 50 years of outstanding service. The Foundation is dedicated to the growth and development of the College through scholarships, endowments, and capital and special projects. Gale Way man will be honored as Humanitarian of the Year and the H. Hovnanian Foundation will be recognized as Distinguished Organization of the Year. An endowment from philanthropist and entrepreneur Gale Wayman will establish the Gale Glendinning Wayman Fund in support of women’s education at OCC through offerings such as travel exper iences, research projects, and conference attendance. Wayman received a master’s degree in International Politics and Security Studies from the University of Bradford in England, where she completed her dissertation on “The Importance of Female Education to the Development of a Civil Society.” This led Wayman to devote her energies to help educate women globally. Wayman is a longtime member of the OCC Foundation Board, assisting in the establishment of the College’s 100 Women mentor ing and scholarship program, the Advisory Board of Women in Leadership and Learning at The College of New Jersey, the Ocean County Board of Displaced Homemakers Ser vice, the Toms River Rotar y Clu b, t he Nor t he r n O c e a n C ou nt y American Association of University Women, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ocean County. Recog nizing the t ransfor mational i mpa ct of lea de r sh ip development , mentorship, travel, and participation in

curricular and co-curricular offerings, Wayman has made significant investments in the education of women. It is her intention that the Fund will continue her commitment to this endeavor. The H. Hovnanian Foundation has contributed to numerous special proje c t s , s u p p o r t i n g h e a lt h c a r e a n d e d u c a t io n a r o u n d t h e wo rld . L a s t year, the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Fou nd at ion g if ted $3.75 m illion to the OCC Foundation for the naming of the new Health Sciences building, establishing scholarships for nursing and the health sciences while paving t he way for new prog ra m m i ng a nd excit i ng f ut u re op p or t u n it ie s he re at OCC. The 47,000 -square-foot H. Hovnanian Health Sciences Building was dedicated in June 2018 and will ultimately serve as many as 600 to 800 students per day. H i r ai r Hov na n ia n , P resident a nd Founder of Hovsons, Inc., is a founding benefactor of the Armenian Assembly of America. Since his ar rival to the U.S. on a freighter in 1951, Hovnanian has built one of the most successful privately held land and housing development companies in the country. In recent years he has dedicated his time and efforts to the betterment of society and to the Armenian-American community. Anna Hovnanian, bor n Anna Hamparian, passed away last year. She was an artist who hoped to encourage and develop the artistic talent and higher education of Armenian youth. Event Chairs: Noelle Carino, OCC Foundation Board Chair, and Kenneth J. Malagiere, OCC Foundation Executive Director Tickets: $200 per person. For information on how to purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or donate an auction item for the 2019 Scholarship Celebration, call the Ocean Count y College Foundation at 732-255-0492 or visit

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

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You may realize that you need to be more organized. A strict budget might be the only way to keep money in your pocket in the week to come. Be gracious if someone you talk to does not come across as logical. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Spartan ideals might spar with your love of luxury. Don’t buy something that doesn’t make fiscal sense. Handle your finances with efficiency this week but manage your relationships with tender loving care. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Harness your energies and make headway in the week ahead. If you display your willingness to be a team player your work will go faster, and co-workers may become friends. Someone may even find you fascinating. CANCER (June 21-July 22): A minor change can boost your earning power. By focusing on minor tasks, you may end up with large achievements. Your partner’s passion for success may inspire you to try harder and to perform at your peak. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Ride high in the sky. Share something of yourself and people will learn that you are trustworthy. Discuss your views and improve the quality of your life by widening your circle of friends in the upcoming week. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Work better and smarter in the week ahead. Once you get up to speed there won’t be time to worry about what you don’t have and will only be able to focus on making your plans a reality and your dreams come true.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Play fair with the other players on your playground. What appears to be an opportunity for advancement at the workplace could be inflated. Focus on being kind, forgiving and tolerant as this week unfolds. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Implement people-pleasing strategies. As this week unfolds you might meet a business contact who becomes a lifelong ally, or you could become involved with a group of people with similar ideals and aims. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Fair weather friends may offer assurances and promise to help you achieve them but might offer excuses when the going gets tough. In the week ahead push up your shirtsleeves and focus on making money. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Go from surviving to thriving. Your passions might motivate you to excel and your desires can be used for a higher purpose in the week ahead. Put your most crucial plans into motion and make dreams come true. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It is better to take the lead then to wait for someone else to lead the way. You may spend too much time socializing when you should be working. In the upcoming week you may be prompted to donate to charities. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Pass by the seat of your pants. Too much self-confidence might lead to a costly mistake in the week ahead. You might take someone’s approval for granted or ask for a favor from an inappropriate person.




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Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen

A Chicken Dish For All Seasons By Wolfgang Puck Some recipes deserve to become standards; dishes you find yourself cooking and serving again and again, no matter the time of year or the occasion. To achieve that kind of status takes a rare combination of characteristics. The ingredients have to be easy to find. The cooking process has to be fairly uncomplicated. And the finished dish has to be so out-of-the-ordinary delicious that you’d be happy to serve it to special guests and family members alike. You probably have such recipes in your own repertoire already. But anyone who loves good food will always be ready to welcome another. That’s why I’m happy to share a classic I’ve been serving to guests regularly in my restaurants for more than 30 years: pan-roasted chicken with garlic and herbs, two-mustards sauce and caramelized cipollini onions. I have discussed this dish before, but, like all standards, it definitely deserves a revival. This time with some key changes that dramatically enhance its ease of preparation, versatility, flavor and appearance to make it a new recipe all its own. Chief among those changes is that, instead of calling for a whole chicken you have to butterfly at home, it starts with chicken pieces, which means you have to do far less knife work for both prepping and serving. Be sure to buy an assortment of legs, thighs and breasts if some of the people you’ll be serving like dark meat and others white meat. Next comes the sauce itself. In my restaurants, I usually begin by deglazing the pan with sweet and fruity port wine. But I know that not all home cooks keep a bottle of port in their kitchens. So, instead, you have the option here of using any red wine you like that has enough fruitiness and body to complement the warm spiciness of the mustards in the sauce. If you use red wine, it’s a good idea to drink the same varietal with the finished dish. Finally, I’ve added a new garnish that elevates the results above all previous versions: caramelized cipollini onions. I know that you might wonder how these bite-sized, slightly flattened, sweet Italian onions count as an everyday item; but you’d actually be surprised to see how many well-stocked produce sections sell them today year round. And you can also substitute any other small varieties you might find, or use medium-sized shallots. If you’ve made and enjoyed this recipe before, I hope you’ll find this new version even better. If you’re coming to it for the first time, you can look forward many delicious homemade chicken dinners ahead. PAN-ROASTED CHICKEN WITH GARLIC AND HERBS, TWO-MUSTARD SAUCE, AND CARAMELIZED CIPOLLINI ONIONS Serves 4 to 6 For the chicken with garlic and herbs: 4 pounds (2 kg) bone-in chicken pieces Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper All-purpose flour, for dusting 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 sprigs fresh rosemary 2 sprigs fresh thyme 8 garlic cloves, unpeeled 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves For the two-mustard sauce: Mustard Sauce 1/2 cup port wine or fruity red wine such as Zinfandel or Merlot 1/2 cup cream 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Meanwhile, start preparing the chicken for the first stage of the cooking on the stovetop. Season the chicken pieces all over with salt and pepper, and dust them all over with flour. Set aside. In an ovenproof saute pan large enough to hold all the pieces in a single layer, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Add the chicken pieces skin side down and tuck in 1 rosemary sprig, 1 thyme sprig and 4 garlic cloves among them. Cook undisturbed until the skin has turned deep golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. With tongs, turn the chicken pieces over. Tuck in the remaining rosemary, thyme and garlic. Continue cooking until the other side has browned, another 5 to 7 minutes. Carefully transfer the pan to the preheated oven. Continue cooking until the juices run clear when the thickest part of a thick is pierced with a skewer, about 15 minutes longer. Transfer the chicken pieces to a heated platter and cover with foil to keep warm while you prepare the sauce. For the sauce, remove and discard the herbs and garlic cloves and carefully pour off excess oil from the pan. Place the pan over medium-high heat and carefully add the port wine or red wine, stirring and scraping with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan deposits. Continue boiling the wine until it has reduced in volume by half, about 5 minutes. While stirring continuously with a wire whisk, pour in the cream and bring the liquid back to a boil. Turn off the heat and whisk in the two mustards. Season to taste with salt and pepper. To serve, leave the chicken on the platter or transfer to individual serving plates. Spoon the mustard sauce over the chicken, and distribute the caramelized cipollini onions (recipe follows) around the pieces. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and tarragon, and serve immediately. CARAMELIZED CIPOLLINI ONIONS Serves 4 to 6 3/4 pound cipollini onions, peeled 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 2 tablespoons sugar Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil Cut each onion in half by standing it on its side and slicing it through its widest point. With 1 tablespoon of the butter, coat the bottom of a stainless-steel saute pan large enough to hold all the onion halves cut sides down. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the sugar evenly over the butter and place all the onion halves cut sides down in a single layer. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Put the pan over high heat and dot the remaining butter evenly around the onions. Cook until the undersides of the onions are a light to medium caramel brown color, 5 to 7 minutes. With a narrow spatula, turn the onions over and continue cooking until their other sides are lightly browned, about 5 minutes longer.

(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) © 2019 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.

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