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Vol. 16 - No. 42

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| March 16, 2019

Priest Dispels Rumors Surrounding Future Use of Church Property Community News! Don’t miss what’s happening in your town.

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–Photo courtesy St. Aloysius web site (left) and by Bob Vosseller(right) Right: St. Aloysius Church Pastor John Bambrick is pictured at a recent press conference held in Jackson Township where he spoke out against anti-Semitism. Left: St. Aloysius Church Pastor John Bambrick is pictured at a recent press conference held in Jackson Township where he spoke out against anti-Semitism. By Bob Vosseller Rumors have been circulating as was made on Jan. 7. The school ton – sit uated just over th ree JACKSON – Catholic schools to what that merger will mean for p o s t e d a n a n n o u n c e m e n t t o m iles apa r t – w ill pool t hei r at St. Aloysius Church in Jack- the property vacated in Jackson both its website and Facebook resources and efforts to become son and St. Veronica Church in after the current school year is pages, stating: “Two strong and a newly- e st abl ishe d Cat hol ic Howell Tow n sh ip w ill merge complete. successful Catholic elementary Academy that will open its doors into one large catholic academy. T he m e r ge r a n nou n c e m e nt schools in the Diocese of Tren(Church - See Page 2)

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Law Enforcement Address “Culture Of Fear”

Howell Can Pick Up Unused Prescriptions For Disposal By Kimberly Bosco HOWELL – The Howell Alliance and Howell Police Department recently launched the township’s first complimentary prescription drug pick-up service. Project Medicine Drop allows residents to properly dispose of unused, expired, and unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter medications. The drop box is located at the Howell Police Department at 300 Old Tavern Road. In coordination with the Project Medicine Drop program, (Pick Up - See Page 4)

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By Patricia A. Miller LAKEWOOD – A new state directive aimed at strengthening trust between immigrants and 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 culture of fear,” Grewal said at the meeting, which detailed how the new “Immigrant Trust Directive” will impact both immigrants and police.

–Photo by Patricia A. Miller Residents and law enforcement officials discussed bias attacks.


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Continued From Page 1 in September, 2019.” According to St. Aloysius and St. Veronica officials, the two schools will merge once the current school year is complete to become the Mother Seton Academy. Father John Bambrick, pastor of St. Aloysius Parish, and Father Vincent Euk, pastor of St. Veronica Parish, agreed that the merger would strengthen the Catholic education in the local community, noting that both schools already have a “solid foundation” on which to build. Plans for the merger and the new name were approved in December 2018 by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. The namesake of the future “Mother Seton Academy” is Mother Seton, or St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, “the first native born citizen to be canonized and the founder of the first American religious community, the Sisters of Charity.” Mother Seton Academy will have a new

administration, teaching staff and mission. It’s teaching staff will include teachers from both schools. According to school officials, the school will move into what is now the St. Veronica School, as it is slightly larger, has an athletic field, and is easily accessible from major roads like Route 195 and Route 9. Rumors surrounding the future of the St Aloysius property were set straight recently by Pastor Bambrick. “The Diocese of Trenton Office of Catholic School informed us of a number of rumors coming from the Toms River area and they have asked us to address some of the questions,” Bambrick said. Bambrick addressed rumors that were set to originate from the internet stating the church property was sold to the Orthodox Jewish community as false. “We did not sell anything to the Orthodox Jewish community. We do, for the record, have an excellent relationship with our Jewish neighbors, they are kind good people who love God.”

Bambick also dispelled rumors of any secret negotiations to rent the property to the Orthodox Jewish community. “We are not presently in negotiations to rent to anyone. We are not presently or actively looking to rent a building we use.” While the church has received inquiries about the property, Bambrick said none of them came from Orthodox Jewish persons or Orthodox Jewish organizations. Bambrick said that “we are not presently considering rental. Our focus is on closing out the current school year, hiring staff and a principal for Mother Seton Academy. We are diligently working on preparations for the opening of Mother Seton Academy. This is our primary focus and one that is time consuming. After this process is complete, we will consider other options but again at present our primary focus is the Academy.” As to renting the property in the future, Bambrick said “we may, who knows what the future holds. However, we use the building extensively for our own purposes

so we probably won’t but that is not set in stone. Currently we are focused singularly on Mother Seton Academy, our future jointly sponsored parish school.” Bambrick, who spoke out against anti-Semitism at a press conference held last month in the Jackson municipal complex and later during a Jackson Council meeting held that same evening, said “most of the rumors, gossip and innuendo are aimed at fear of the Orthodox Jewish community. “We must ask, why is there fear of the Jewish people? The Church deplores all hatreds, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism leveled at any time or from any source against the Jews. They are good neighbors and good citizens,” he said. “This is a free country and each may choose or not choose to believe in a deity, may choose to live wherever they wish. Would you want to be told where you can and cannot live?” The pastor called on those who are spreading misinformation not “use our parish or school or merger to spread fear and hatred, we don’t teach it here and we don’t tolerate it here either.”

Monmouth County Parks To Release Spring Parks & Programs Guide

LINCROFT — This spring go Wild for Bats, discover Spring Tales and Garden Fun, and set off on a Star Talk and Hike with the Monmouth County Park System. Other upcoming offerings include Hula Hoop Dance and Fitness, Wiggles & Giggles and Kayak Birding. Check out the spring issue of the Park System’s Parks & Programs Guide for those and other exciting arts & crafts, nature, recreation

and sports programs planned for March, April and May. Copies of the spring issue of the Parks & Programs Guide will be available at most county parks and online ( beginning on Friday, February 1. Registration starts at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 6. Registration is available online 24/7; by phone by calling

732-842-4000, ext. 1, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; by mail using the Registration Form found at the back of the Parks & Programs Guide; or in person by visiting Park System Headquarters in Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information about the Park System or to receive a copy of the Parks &

Programs Guide, please visit or call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks and Recreation agency.

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Continued From Page 1 “Crimes go unreported and justice goes unserved. 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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Continued From Page 1 Howell now offers residents the option to have their prescriptions picked up at their homes for proper disposal. According to Howell Alliance Coordinator Christa Riddle, on March 1, “the Howell PD and Howell Alliance launched our new prescription disposal at-home police pick-up of unwanted

meds. To our knowledge, we are the first town to offer this.” For those who may not be able to make it to the police department or have trouble leaving the house, the township now offers this free pickup service. “Captain [John] Storrow and I were brainstorming on how to best serve our senior population in Howell who can’t always get to take-back events or the Project Medicine Drop box at police headquarters,” said Riddle. “We wanted a way to immediately divert the prescriptions, particularly pain medications, from getting into the wrong hands.” The at-home pickup option was Captain Storrow’s idea, according to Riddle. “We felt it would be an inconvenience for some of our elderly population to get out of bed, get dressed, and drive to headquarters where the drop box is located to dispose of their medications. So we decided that instead of them coming to us, we would come to them,” Captain Storrow told The Howell Times. “Then we decided that if we’re going to do it for the elderly we may as well open it up and provide this service to all residents.” The police department non-emergency number now has a dispatch code for incoming calls regarding prescription pickup. According to the Alliance, “misused prescription drugs can lead to heroin and other drug addictions…the majority of abused prescription drugs come from family, friends, and home medicine cabinets.” One of the Alliance’s main concerns is having people leaving unused prescriptions to accumulate “with the good intention of


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dropping them off in the future.” With this new service, Howell Alliance and Police are working to eliminate this as a risk factor. The target audience for this service is seniors; however, Riddle explained that all Howell residents are encouraged to use it because “getting unwanted, unused, and expired medications out of the household is a huge step in prevention efforts.” When disposing of prescription medications, you can put them in the Alliance’s prescription disposal bag, available at pharmacies in Howell, the courthouse, town hall, the board of education building, the senior center, and the library, among other locations. “While the bags are not necessary for disposal, they serve as a reminder to clean out your medicine cabinet on a regular basis to save a life,” Riddle said. The bags were designed by Riddle in 2014 when she was just a volunteer for the organization, prior to becoming coordinator. They display drug abuse prevention messages. Captain Storrow noted that while the department would prefer that able-bodied residents take their unused prescriptions to police headquarters and drop it in the drop box on their own, “we will assist them by coming to them if it helps them for any particular reason.” For more information on Project Medicine Drop or the new pick-up service, contact the Alliance at 732-938-4500 ext. 4012 or visit twp.howell. Howell citizens can call the non-emergency police number at 732-938-4111 to request a prescription pick-up.

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Spotlight On Government Correspondence & Commentary From Your Local, County, State & Federal Officials From The Desk Of The

Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone It is business as usual at the county, in which we’re keeping busy between ongoing projects, construction and initiatives. There is one topic this week I would like to provide an update on and that is our efforts at the Monmouth County Reclamation Center. It continues to be our mission to eliminate the odors emitted at the site. As you may know, the county purchased an odor neutralizer that continues

to be applied directly to the most critical areas, as well as other areas as needed. We will continue these efforts until the odor is under control. This remains a top priority for us at the county and we look forward to continuing an open dialogue with those impacted by this situation. Last week, we completed the final review of the Well Field Drilling Plan and the well drilling is anticipated to start by March 6.

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Sean Kean TRENTON - A bill requiring pharmacists to educate their patients on the safe disposal of unused, unwanted or expired drugs and needles was approved by the Assembly today. Assemblymen Sean Kean

and Edward Thomson (R-30 th) sponsored the bill (S3240) wh ich clea red the Senate last month and now moves to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk for consideration. One of three American

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Chris Smith WASHINGTON, D.C. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th), Ranking Member of the House global human rights subcommittee, along with Rep. Thomas Suozzi (DNY) introduced legislation (HR 1542) to bolster efforts to combat the opioid epidemic by cracking down on the production and import of deadly fentanyl made in China. “Chinese-made fentanyl

is ending up on our streets and the human cost is real over 29,000 overdose deaths in 2017 were fentanyl-related,” said Smith, who chaired a subcommittee hearing in September on the threat of Chinese-produced fentanyl. “China is not doing enough to prevent its production and export to the U.S. My legislation sets up mechanisms by which the U.S. can enforce sanctions

Work Being Done At Reclamation Center, Cultural Events Planned Elsewhere Additional odor control measures will be taken for the drilling operation and will be fully explained in the email update I will be sending out this week. I continue to keep in constant contact with those who provided email addresses at the public meeting on Jan. 28 by sending weekly updates, which are also posted on the county’s website at If you would like to receive these emails from me, please sign up for my email list by emailing me at: Thomas.Arnone@

On another note, I recently attended Asbury Park’s 20th Annual Black History Month Celebration with my fellow Freeholders. I want to commend Asbury Park leaders for reflecting on this important month where the contributions of African Americans to United States history are honored. I also toured the new Freehold Family Health Center recently, which is a part of the CentraState Healthcare System. It is truly such a great addition to the county. It will serve

as a training site for physicians and will offer accessible healthcare and social services to the residents of Monmouth County. On a separate topic, I would like to invite everyone to join me on March 27 at the 17th Annual Garden State Film Festival where I will be hosting a special screening of “My Dinner with Alan.” The Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park is a great forum where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work. I hope to see you all there! On a final note, I am excited

to say the county is starting to gear up for the summer tourism season. Plans are already in the works for our annual kickoff event. Once details are finalized, I will let everyone know where they can join me and my fellow Freeholders to kickoff summer 2019. Until next time, stay warm and stay safe during inclement weather! We’re almost to the spring season, just a few more weeks! As always, it’s a privilege to serve as your Freeholder Director. I look forward to continuing to serve.

Bill Would Require Pharmacists To Educate Patients How To Dispose Of Meds homes have forgotten prescriptions in the bathroom cabinets. Often, the medicine includes addictive opioids. “This is an eye-opener that unfor tunately isn’t b ei ng r e c og n i z e d l i ke it shou ld ,” said Ke a n. “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, unsettling statistics,” 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 government’s National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health. Fifty-five percent obtained the drugs for free, another 11 percent bought them, and 5 percent got them without asking.

New Legislation Would Make Chinese Officials Responsible For Fentanyl Distribution

against Chinese officials and anyone there involved in this drug trade.” “Synthetic fentanyl, a clear majority of which is produced in China and then exported to the U.S., is killing Americans from all walks of life,” said Congressman Suozzi, lead Democratic cosponsor of the legislation. “Our law enforcement agencies are doing all they can, but the Chinese Government seems to have little interest in stopping the f low of this deadly substance across

our borders. This bipartisan bill will help hold China accountable for its contribution to the opioid epidemic in our country.” The Smith-Suozzi bill m a nd at e s t he c r e at ion of a joint effor t by the State and Treasur y Depar t ments to identif y all Chinese government of f i c i a l s a n d p e r s o n s involved in fentanyl production and traff icking into the U.S. T he U.S. gover n ment could then u s e s a n c t io n s t o h ol d these individuals accountable who would be

identif ied th rough this joint effort, such as under the Global Magnitsky Act which Smith helped shepherd into law in the 114th Congress. I n September, Sm it h chai red a hea r i ng of the Subcom mit tee on id e nt i f y i ng a nd c ou n tering the threat of Chinese-produced fentanyl impor ted into the U.S. Officials from the State Department and Drug Enforcement Agency testified, along with a panel of private witnesses which included Joseph Coronato, who was

the Ocean County Prosecutor at the time. “What my hearing found, through the witness testimony, was that China was not doing enough to end this drug trade,” Smith said. “Although President Xi Jinping promised to President Trump at the G-20 Summit to crack down on the production of fentanyl, we have seen little tangible progress. We cannot allow this matter to become another Chinese empty promise - anyone involved in the production and trafficking of fentanyl must be held accountable.”

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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

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FREEHOLD – In celebration of National Agriculture Week, which runs from March 10 to 16, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced the launch of the Grown in Monmouth Nursery & Garden Center Directory. The Directory will assist local nursery and garden center businesses reach residents and visitors. “Farmers never rest and neither do we. Our commitment to the County’s agricultural community is year-round,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Division of Economic Development. “This Grown in Monmouth Directory is the latest tool the County has created to help connect agricultural businesses with the community.” The Nursery & Garden Center Directory is an interactive map that enables users to

pinpoint the exact location as well as contact information for a variety of Nurseries and Garden Centers throughout the county. “Our Grown in Monmouth program continues to expand and provide more resources and support to not only our growers but also our residents who would like to shop local,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Board of Agriculture. “As a long-time supporter of the agricultural community, I am grateful for this opportunity to promote businesses who offer locally grown plants, shrubbery, fresh produce and other agricultural products.” Grown in Monmouth is a program designed to help retain and grow the County’s agricultural industry. For more information about local produce, wineries, breweries, farmers markets, restaurants and more visit

County Seeking Employers For April 12 Job Fair LINCROFT – Monmouth County will again offer employers and jobseekers the opportunity to connect at the Monmouth County Spring Job Fair scheduled for Friday, April 12 at Brookdale Community College. “The County’s Spring Job Fair is an outstanding opportunity for employers from all industries to meet jobseekers with different skillsets and experience.” said Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Impreveduto, liaison to the Monmouth County Division of Workforce Development. “We are seeking employers from all industries, especially those who have not partaken in prior years.” The event is free to both employers and job seekers. The County’s Spring Job Fair is open to the public and promises to be one of the biggest job

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FRHSD Schools Celebrate Career and Technical Education Month

HOWELL – February is Career and Technical Education Month, a time to celebrate the value of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Students in CTE programs across the district took part in a variety of activities all month long. In Howell High School, freshman in the CTE courses took part in the Sweet Project Challenge, a pretty tasty task. Students created a candy bar, with specific design constraints such as volume and the need to include a healthy element, and had to “sell” their bars to a panel of judges. Students enhanced their math, public speaking, engineering, designing, innovation, science, and problem-solving skills through this project. Broken into groups, the students created their concept and flavor profiles for the chocolate bars. Some flavor combinations included coconut, berry, strawberry pretzel, banana, and cinnamon. The teams were charged with designing, branding, and creating a prototype candy bar. The wrapper had to be edible, biodegradable, or recyclable. In addition, students created a wooden form and vacuum formed molds to create their bars. The overall presentations to judges included a television commercial for the chocolate bar, a finished prototype, and a detailed booklet. Over at Freehold High School, the school’s four CTE programs hosted an afternoon showcase. The Culinary Arts and Hospitality program welcomed back two alumni who spoke about the benefits of the program in preparing them for college and beyond. Jaclyn Cusack and Tommy Dellanno both discussed how experiences the program provides are top notch and give students an advantage for the future. Current culinary students displayed their award-winning appetizers and an array of other goodies. The program’s teachers discussed the various off-site opportunities students are provided. Students have worked with Wegmans, where

-Photos courtesy FRHSD they learned how to prepare sushi, as well as being invited to tour the food and conference services facilities at Credit Suisse. Graduates of the program have gone on to open bakeries, become executive chefs at restaurants around the world, and gone on to teach culinary themselves. Freehold High School is also home to the Web Design Program. This three-year program currently has 38 students enrolled, though that number has increased significantly for the third cohort, which will begin in September 2019. Students in the program take web design courses and as seniors have the opportunity to earn college credits through an agreement with the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The program also affords students the chance for job shadowing and to work in collaboration with industry partners. Students in two levels of the program showcased the websites they have created in class. Though only halfway into the school year, the skills demonstrated in creating interactive, visually appealing websites was impressive. Also at Freehold High School is the Medical Sciences program. This four-year program provides students a chance to spend time in an externship at CentraState Medical Center. Twice a month, students attend a lecture series and then shadow physicians and health care providers. Students also design and conduct independent research projects that culminate in a formal research paper to be presented to their peers and community. Every year the students are selected to present these projects at prestigious science symposiums across the region. The Health Professions Program is in its first year at Freehold High School. Students are learning the other aspects to the health care industry such as medical coding, intake and terminology. Students in this CTE program are able to become CPR/AED certified and can also earn college credits through an articulation agreement with Rutgers University School of Health Professions.

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Revolutionary Rave

MIDDLETOWN – Join Monmouth County Historical Association for a Revolutionary Rave on August 3 at 1-4 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of music, games, and revelry 18th-century style at our 2nd Annual Revolutionary Rave at the Taylor-Butler House! Travel back in time and experience a bit of 18th-century social entertainment.

Learn colonial dance steps, enjoy live music of the era, and try your luck at cards or other games of the era! 18th or 19th century period clothing is encouraged, but not required. Light refreshments and tasty treats will be served. Marlpit Hall (c. 1686) will also be open for tours from 1-4 p.m.

Jake “The Tank” Honig Fundraiser

FARMINGDALE – Angels Among Us presents a spiritual evening and experience with world-renowned medium and author Gail Lionetti on April 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and a buffet will be served from 7-8 p.m. at Our House Restaurant in

Farmingdale. Tickets are $70 in advance and can be purchased online at Tickets include a buffet with cash bar. Funds go towards the Jake Honig Memorial Fund at CHOP.

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H ere ’ s T o Y our H ealth Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.

Low Dose Aspirin May Help Preeclampsia

By Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.

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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Period Clothing Sewing Group

FREEHOLD – Join Monmouth County Historical Association for a meeting of our Sewing Group! If you’re interested in sewing, or like period clothing and want to know more about construction, or are working on period clothing, come on by! Meetings will be held every third Saturday of the month from 12 – 4 p.m. at the museum in Freehold. This group is free for members and $5 for non-members. Below is a tentative schedule of meetings for 2019. Please note dates and topics are subject to change: • March 16 – Caps • April 13 – Short gowns & Bed gowns

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May 18 – Jackets June 15 and 16 – Tentative Gown Workshop at Taylor-Butler • July 20 – Finishing Ongoing Projects • August 17 – Tentative Workshop or Fieldtrip • September 21 – Hats • October 19 – Accessories, (i.e. mitts, hoods, etc.) • November 16 – TBD • December 21 – TBD If you are interested in in this group or have any question call Outreach Manager Pati Githens at 732-462-1466 ext. 11 or email

Easter In The Park

HOWELL – Howell Township hosts Easter in the Park on Saturday, April 13 at Oak Glen Park from 1-4 p.m. Rain Date: Sunday, April 14. Come enjoy a family fun event featuring egg hunts, music, games, food, face painting, petting zoo and a special guest

appearance from the Easter Bunny! Hunt Times by age: • 5 & Under: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. • 6 – 7: 2:30 p.m. • 8 – 9: 3 p.m. • 10 – 12: 3:30 p.m.

Howell Alliance Hosts Think Tanks

HOWELL – You are invited to the “how can we help our youth” think tanks held on the first Monday of each quarter at 7 p.m. at Echo Lake Pavilion. Light snacks will be served. Share your ideas and perspective in an infor-

mal, welcoming environment to enrich our commitment to substance abuse and at-risk behavior prevention. No membership is necessary! For information, call the Howell Alliance at 732-938-4500 ext. 4012.

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Freeholder Scharfenberger Welcomed to Habitat for Humanity Board of Trustees

FREEHOLD – Freeholder Gerry P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D. was recently welcomed to the Habitat for Humanity of Monmouth County (HFHMC) Board of Trustees. Freeholder Scharfenberger has already worked extensively with the nonprofit housing organization during his tenure as freeholder and while he served as mayor of Middletown. “I commend Freeholder Scharfenberger for joining a board of individuals who have such a big impact on Monmouth County and its residents,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “His background and expertise will only strengthen the mission of Habitat for Humanity.” Freeholder Scharfenberger will aid the HFHMC Board of Trustees with fundraising initiatives as well as finding prospective sites to construct, rehabilitate and preserve homes for those in need. “I am honored to join the Habitat for Humanity of Monmouth County Board of Trustees,” said Freeholder Gerry P. Scharfenberger, Ph.D. “Together, I am excited to see what we can accomplish in the County.” “I believe that Habitat for Humanity is

A Night At The Winery

TOMS RIVER – Join CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth Counties 24/7 Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Hotline for “A Night at the Winery” on March 29 at Bacchus Winemaking, 1540 Route 37 West. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Cost includes a bottling presentation, sampling, tour, appetizers, and a free gift! There will be a 50/50 drawing and mini gift auction. Join us for an event that promises to be fun! For more information, call 732-2406104 or email contactofoceanco@aol. com. For tickets, visit

Pallet Painting Fundraiser HOWELL – Come out and support Howell Township First Aid and Rescue Squad #1 raise money to participate in the Police Unity Tour with a Pallet Painting Fundraiser! Pick out a design to paint on a pallet. All supplies and step by step instruction provided. Make a masterpiece for your home or to give as a gift. You must sign up ahead of time so your stencil can be made. To pick your painting and sign up: police-unity-tour-3-16-at-6-00pm. The fundraiser will be held on March 16 at 6 p.m. at 16 Kent Rd, Howell.

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TOMS RIVER — Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn – crowned “the king and queen of the banjo” by Paste Magazine– have a musical partnership like no other. See this formidable twosome on stage at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 5. The Grunin Center is located on the OCC Main Campus on College Drive in Toms River. Béla Fleck is a 15-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically, and eventually fell in love. Over the years, they played together most visibly in the Sparrow Quartet, alongside Ben Sollee and Casey Driessen, and informally at a pickin’ party here, a benefit there, or occasionally popping up in each other’s solo shows. Fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare eagerly anticipated that Béla and Abigail would begin making music together as a duo. Fleck has the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots. His collaborations range from his groundbreaking standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments. From writing concertos for full symphony orchestra to exploring the banjo’s African roots to jazz duos with Chick Corea, many say Fleck is the world’s premier banjo player. Washburn, meanwhile, has the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter, and has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums. She has done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, and has contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force. In addition, Washburn recently created a nonprofit with Chinese zither-master Wu Fei called the Ripple Effect, the mission of which is to unite and open hearts through the unique sounds and harmony of American and Chinese folk music. On stage, Fleck and Washburn will perform pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, “Echo in the Valley” (Rounder 2017). With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Bela and Abigail meet in the mean, head-on, to present music that feels wildly innovative and familiar at the same time. Whether at home, on stage or on record, their deep bond, combined with the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet. Tickets: $48–$68. To purchase tickets, contact the Grunin Center at 732-255-0500 or visit 92.7 WOBM is the official media sponsor of the 2018-2019 Grunin Center Season.

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WA LL – Joi n Allai re Village for one of our most popular events, our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Festival on April 20! This year we will have over 15,000 eggs on the village green. Hunts will take place every 15 minutes between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Children will be grouped according to age, into the following categories: 0-1 (with an assisting adult), 2-3 (with an assisting adult), 4-5 (kids only, no adult assistance), 6-7 (kids only, no adult assistance), and 8-10 (kids only, no adult assistance). Each child can hunt for six eggs total. No more than six eggs will

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be allowed per child. Pre-registration for this event is highly recommended. We sold out last year prior to the event and expect to sell out this year again. No tickets will be sold at the door if event is sold out prior to the event. All members of your party must have tickets, not only the children participating in the hunt. Tickets are $8 per person, and children under 1 year old are free. Day of tickets will be $12 at the door if event is not sold out. Doors to event will open at 11 a.m. and the first hunt will begin at 11:30 a.m. Egg Hunt times will be assigned to you once you

enter the event with a ticket. Our Easter Egg Hunt & Festival includes the following activities for the day: • Visit with the roaming Easter Bunny • Live Music by Clarizio Music Center of Point Pleasant • Easter Bubble Fairy • Cost u med Cha r acter s t r aveli ng through the Village • Balloon Animals • Historic House and Building tours • Live Chicks • Live Bunnies • Storytelling at the Enameling Building

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Carousel Music Craft Demonstrations in our Blacksmith Shop, Bakery, Carpenter Shop, Tinsmith Shop • Bonnett & Basket Decorating • Egg Toss & Roll Games • Easter Flowers for Sale (Local Florist) Visit the General Store to purchase your custom Easter basket and Bonnet this day! A special Easter Basket and Bonnet decorating station provided. Visit our Bakery for holiday baked goods, cookies, breads, beverages, and other tasty treats!

What is Spinal Stenosis? By: Joe Scrudato, PTA


diagnosis we frequently see in our physical therapy clinics associated with back and neck pain is spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis is a condition resulting in the narrowing or pinching of the spinal cord that causes pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that flow through it. Spinal stenosis is most commonly found in individuals 45 years of age and older, however, can be found in the younger population as well. Some cases of spinal stenosis may also be congenital, which means it is present at birth. Spinal stenosis can occur throughout the spinal cord ranging



from the cervical spine to the lumbar spine. However, thoracic stenosis is very uncommon because there is very little movement of these vertebrae, resulting in a lower chance of degeneration. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SPINAL STENOSIS Overall, spinal stenosis symptoms are often characterized as: • Developing slowly over time, or slow onset • The pain you feel is not constant, or some describe it as coming and going. • Occurring during certain activities (such as walking for lumbar stenosis) and/or positions (such as standing upright for lumbar stenosis) • The pain is relieved by rest (sitting or lying down) and/or any flexed forward position. There are many cases involving spinal stenosis where the person does not present with any symptoms at all. However, more times than not, a person will show signs and symptoms of spinal stenosis which differ from one region of the spine to the other. More specifically, signs and symptoms

for the cervical spine can be weakness, and or numbness and tingling in the arms and hands, as well as local pain in the neck. In lumbar stenosis, the spinal nerves become compressed and can produce symptoms of sciatica, such as numbness and tingling, and or pain radiating into the buttock and legs.

condition, but it can be treated. If you suffer from neck or low back pain, you should talk to your physician or make an appointment with an orthopedist to be properly evaluated. You and your physician should come up with a treatment plan that is safe and suitable for you.

CAN SPINAL STENOSIS BE TREATED? The answer is, yes, spinal stenosis can be treated with several different methods, most of which do not require surgery. Courses of treatment include Physical Therapy, activity modification, epidural injections, and medication. Physical Therapy – A physical therapy program consisting of strengthening, stretching, modalities, and manual work from a licensed therapist is a great course of treatment to decrease or eliminate pain. Activity Modification - Patients are usually counseled to avoid activities that worsen their spinal stenosis symptoms. For lumbar stenosis patients, certain positions are more comfortable such as flexed positions. Example would be getting relief when leaning over onto a shopping cart at the grocery store. Epidural Injections – An epidural injection is a shot of cortisone into epidural space which can temporarily relieve symptoms of spinal stenosis. This procedure would be performed by a licensed physician. Medications – There are several medications that can help alleviate some of the pain that is caused by spinal stenosis, however it is always recommended that you consult with your physician prior to taking any medications. Unfortunately not all cases of spinal stenosis are cured or managed with non-invasive treatments. In some cases an orthopedic surgeon will have to perform surgery to decrease the compression of the nerves that exit the vertebrae. This course of treatment is usually done as a last resort if the non-invasive courses of treatment have failed. Spinal stenosis can be a very painful and debilitating


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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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Women’s Self Protection Workshop HOWELL – The Howell Police Department will be hosting their 2nd Annual Women’s Self Protection Class on April 9, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Howell PAL Building. This class will be taught by current members of the Howell Police Department and is being offered to women ages 13 and up. There will be a lecture on avoidance detection and hands-on

demonstrations for common street attacks. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If you are interested in attending, purchase tickets at For any questions about the class, you may contact Josephine Higgins at

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APPOINTMENTS: 800-250-9811 CPC is a non-profit, community behavioral health agency that provides a full continuum of services for children, adults and families in Monmouth County. CPC’s Howell Counseling Center offers youth and adults access to treatment through an integrated system of care designed to promote wellness, recovery and productive lives.

–Photo courtesy MCSONJ MONMOUTH COUNTY – Sheriff Shaun Golden hosted Judge Yusuke Tatezaki of Japan as he toured the Sheriff Office’s Public Safety Center to learn about and view our law enforcement, communications and special operations. Judge Tatezaki visited the Monmouth Vicinage through March 15 to become familiar with court operations and Monmouth County agencies.

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Master Gardeners Offer Scholarships one of these specified areas on a matriculated basis at any college or university, in state or out of state, for the fall 2019 semester. “I urge students who are interested in agriculture and the environment to apply for this scholarship,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to Rutgers Cooperative Extension. “These scholarships highlight the importance of preserving agriculture

FREEHOLD – The Master Gardeners of Monmouth County are offering up to four $1,000 scholarships to Monmouth County college students or high school graduating seniors who will be studying horticulture, environmental sciences or engineering, botany or other agriculture related fields. Applicants must be planning to major in

by offering an incentive to study these pivotal fields and encouraging our scholars to attend colleges and universities that offer these programs.” The applicant must be a resident of Monmouth County and must have demonstrated an interest in the fields of horticulture and agriculture, as well as landscape or environmental issues, through class work, employment, community service or extracurricular

activities. Applications are available on the County website at The application, a school transcript and a letter of recommendation are due by April 15 to the Master Gardeners of Monmouth County. Their office is located at 4000 Kozloski Rd. in Freehold. Applications are also accepted online. For more information, contact the Master Gardeners at 732-303-7614.


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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)

Help Wanted HOME DELIVERY DRIVER NEEDED - Must have valid drivers license. Must have reliable transportation. Must be available Thursday, Friday, & Saturday. Must be familiar with Jackson area Heavy lifting required. Serious inquiries only! Call Laura Hoban at 732-657-7344, ext. 611. 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 Property Inspectors FT/PT in your area. Full, free training provided. msangelabove@comcast. net. 732-766-4425, ask for Mel. (15) General Maintenance - Browns Mills, NJ. Looking for maintenance person for 55+ Manufactured Housing Community. General knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, sewer, electrical and snow plowing. Must be neat and organized. Full time 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $17-$20 per hour depending on experience. Health benefits available after 90 days. Must have valid drivers license and clean criminal background. Call 609893-3388 to set up an interview. (13) 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) Laundromat Attendant - For PT/FT Good communication skills, math and min computer knowledge. Transportation needed. Long term commitment only. 732-286-1863. (9) Leisure Park - A Five Star Senior Living community has career opportunities available. Apply today at (15) Community Resource Center - Driver wanted for mental health agency in Brick. Monday – Friday 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.; 2:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Candidate must have valid NJ driver’s license with a clean driving record. Please Call 732-255-9102, Ext. 5. (14) 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

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Med Sci Seniors Present At Regional Junior Science And Humanities Symposium

FREEHOLD – Four seniors in the Medical Sciences Magnet Program at Freehold High School recently participated in the Regional Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at Rutgers University. Jason Liang gave an oral presentation on his topic, “Rhizoma coptidis Negates the Effects of Glucose on the Lifespan of GAPDH-mutant C. elegans.” The other three students presented their posters at the symposium. Lynelle Oygenblik’s topic was “The Effect of Hyperglycaemic Induction and Insulin Supplements on the Concentration of VEGF-C in Danio rerio.” Maya Patel’s topic was “Comparison of the Antibacterial Properties of Annona muricata to Vaccinium macrocar pon and Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole Against E. coli.” Mahek Patel’s topic was “The Effect of High and Low Glycemic Index Sugars on the Neurological Function of Caenorhabditis elegans.” Lynelle won first place for her poster after competing against 40 other top students from schools across New Jersey. Lynelle’s work was unanimously voted first place by the judges. Her project was about how insulin supplements effect the relationship bet ween the ability for lymphatic vessels to grow in cancer in type 2 diabetic patients versus those without type 2 diabetes, but her patients were zebrafish. This spring Lynelle will travel to New Mexico to compete at the national Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). According to their website, the National JSHS brings together 230 high school students who qualify by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in regional symposia held at universities nationwide. Approximately 130 high school teachers, mentors, university faculty, ranking militar y guests and others also attend and join in encouraging the future generation of scientists and engineers and celebrating student achievement in the sciences. For over 30 years, the Medical Sciences Mag net Prog ram at Freehold High School has offered st udents a rigorous program of mathematics and science within a comprehensive high

school setting. The program of study is u nique with f resh men begin ning their studies in AP Biology and Honors Algebra II and concluding their senior year with Biochemistry and Multivariable Calculus. Our high achieving and self-motivated students are thoroughly prepared for postsecondar y st udies in the sciences. During their junior year, students design and conduct independent research projects, including statistical analyses, that culminate in a formal research paper presented to the school and community. Ever y year, Medical Science students are selected to present these projects at prestigious symposiums such as the New Jersey Juniors Science & Humanities Symposium at Rutgers, the South Jersey Junior Science Symposium at Ocean County College, the Delaware Valley Science Fair and others. Seniors participate in a unique externship at CentraState Medical Center. Twice a month, they attend a lecture series and then shadow physicians and health care providers throughout the facility. In addition to this experience, many students also participate in summer internships at institutions such as the NIH, Sloan Kettering, University of Pen nsylvania Research Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute. Medical Sciences Magnet Program students are regularly admitted to prestigious colleges and universities such as Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, MIT, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth University, University of Chicago, Rutgers University Honors Program, and many others. Often our students are accepted into undergraduate/medical combined programs at institutions such as Northwestern University’s HPME, Washington University of St. Louis, Drexel University BA/MD, George Washington BA/MD, Penn State University BA/MD, TCNJ’s BA/MD, and others. After graduation, students have gone on to become physicians, surgeons, pharmacists, veterinarians, physician assistants, and physical therapists. Others have chosen industry or research careers in biomedical engineering or technology.

NJ State Police Career Nights NEW JERSEY – NJSP Recruiting Unit will be hosting 3 upcoming Career Nights: February 26 at Buena Vista Troop A Headquarters, March 20 at the Museum and Learning Center at Division Head-

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Preferred Home Health Care To Be Honored By LADACIN

EATONTOWN – Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC) Inc., with headquarters in Eatontown, will honored by LADACIN Network at its 2019 Rosebud Gala, Saturday, March 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel, Eatontown. Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, an Annual Corporate Gold Guardian Sponsor, is being honored for its continuous support of LADACIN Network. In addition to generous donations, PHHC has also provided staff trainings for LADACIN and has supported LADACIN’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 pediatric 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, Bonnie 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 community relations, at or 732-547-9886, or visit

The MacKenzie House

HOWELL – You are invited to the Howell Township Library, 316 Old Tavern Rd., on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation by Leigh Shaffer, local historian, entitled “The MacKenzie House.” Shaffer will highlight two families that were prominent in the everyday life of How-

ell Township as well as share information on the 1805 miller’s house and the 1855 formal addition. This free event is sponsored by the Howell Library and the Heritage Group of Howell. All are invited; light refreshments will be served.

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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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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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