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Hotel Closed, Residents Relocated

Police Step Up Patrols As Thousands Come For St. Patrick’s Parade By Bob Vosseller SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Just a few weeks ago Borough Police Chief Thomas Boyd noted, during the annual NJ Polar Bear Plunge to the community’s boardwalk, that the area was safe and well patrolled. The same went for the annual Ocean County St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in the borough which drew even more revelers to the green parade line on Grand Central Avenue. While the plunge drew around (Parade - See Page 2)

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–Photos by Bob Vosseller Top: BlueClaws mascot Buster hugs two parade-goers wearing card igan sweaters. Bot tom: Women of Irish Heritage enjoy their time in this year’s parade while riding in a float. Right: Keith Mulligan, Brick, joins his sleeping 17-month-old son, Colin, wife Stephanie and their son Liam, 5.

By Chris Lundy TOMS RIVER – Township officials said they closed down another hotel, this time because it was uninhabitable, and the people living there had to find other places to stay. The Parkway Motel, formerly the Americana, was closed indefinitely and will only reopen if considerable repairs are made. It was closed after inspectors visited the property located at 925 Route 166. “We had an annual fire inspection,” business administrator Don Guardian said. Inspectors found parts of the ceiling missing, mold, electrical hazards, and trash littering the property. They returned with code enforcement. The property was deemed unlivable. Unfortunately, there were 18 people living there at the time. (Hotel - See Page 6)

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–Photos courtesy Kathy Curto Kathy Curto is a Toms River native, now living in New York. Her book recalls various memories from her childhood along the Jersey Shore in the 1970s and 80s.



By Kimberly Bosco The first line of Kathy Curto’s book says it all: “When I was growing up in southern New Jersey in the 1970s and 80s, there were days my mother floated through the halls of our brick ranch house leaving behind waves and wafts of curious and enticing

New Bus Stops Proposed For Toms River

By Chris Lundy TOMS RIVER - Bus stops have been proposed by state entities along highways in Toms River. A representative from NJTransit said that there are six bus stops proposed on Route 37. They would be on both the eastbound and westbound sides, at the intersections with Fischer Boulevard, Hooper Avenue and Route 166.

The stops are contingent on whether the town and county agree to them, the spokesperson said. Additionally, at a recent meeting, the Township Council passed a resolution supporting the State Department of Transportation placing bus stops at the following locations on Route 9: • Between Silverton Road and Stevens (Bus - See Page 6)

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Continued From Page 1 5,000 attendees, Boyd estimated around 25,000 people turned out for the parade celebrating Irish heritage and the coming of spring. Various law enforcement agencies wanted to make sure that the celebration remained safe. “We are working with state police, Ocean County Prosecutor’s DWI officers and undercover officers, Ocean County Sheriff’s officers and we have our own undercover officers out there. We remain diligent to events that have large crowds and that is also why we have bomb sniffing dogs from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Dept. and cleared all vehicles off the road along the parade route,” Boyd said. Boyd noted prior to the parade’s start that the crowd count would increase. “The crowd will pick up and they come to celebrate into the night.” Police in 11 towns surrounding the event conducted extra drunk driving patrols on major roads leading to Seaside Heights. Two days prior to the parade, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office warned parade

attendees that a traffic enforcement detail would run from 5 to 11 p.m. in communities along Route 37 and Route 35. Along with officers of the 11 local police departments, the checkpoints included personnel from the State Police, state Department of Transportation and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. The day of green featured mild temperatures and plenty of sun which was a welcome relief from what has been a long gray and cold winter. Borough Mayor Anthony Vaz couldn’t have been happier. “The weather is with us and the county and our police department are stepping up DWI stops which we fully support. This is the kick off to the summer and weather is key for all our events,” Vaz said. Little 5-year-old Liam Mulligan, draped in green had a bit of a parade of his own going as he joined his 17-month-old brother Colin who was taking a pre-parade snooze, and his parents Keith and Stephanie Mulligan. Liam insisted on bringing along several toy cars that he positioned on the bench where his parents were camped out for the event. “Green is my favorite color,” Liam said. “We’ve been to the parade many times

but this is the first time we all came out as a family,” Stephanie Mulligan said. “We love the music and the atmosphere and we’re also glad to get out of the house,” her husband sporting short pants and a green jacket said. “I’m ready for spring.” Richard Getts of Toms River wore a borrowed wide brimmed white hat adorned with green shamrocks as he sat beside his cousin Vince Robinson of Manchester. The two were among nine members of their family who always set up the parade spot in the same location. Getts said his family could be traced back to the founders of Toms River. “My children and grandchildren will be here today.” Getts said that his favorite part of the parade was seeing all the police, fire department and emergency service units that participate in the event. “They help us all and they put their life on the line.” Robinson added that “I’m on CERT team in Manchester and it’s important that we remember what they do. We also like to see the soldiers and members of the ROTC that march in the parade.” As usual, Ryan’s Boulevard Deli & Grill on Lincoln Avenue and the Boulevard was

doing a brisk business selling hot dogs, corn beef and cabbage and other food before the main event even started. Owner Jimmy Smith has owned the popular deli for 20 years and said “we plan for this, weeks in advance and bring in 2,000 pounds of corn beef. Corn beef is our big seller.” “We have some extra staff on today all dressed in green and we get thousands of customers so we need to be ready to go. Everybody’s Irish today,” Smith said. Among the staff were borough resident Mike Masi, Judy Bissey of Toms River and Devina Schopka of Bayville. The trio were busy outside the deli selling hot dogs and cooking up and serving corn beef meals to hungry parade goers. “It’s a very busy day for us today but fun,” Schopka said. The parade featured floats, various Irish American organizations like the Michael Davitt Division #11, Jackson, of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, pipe bands such as the Shamrock & Thistle Pipes & Drums Band of Ocean County who are celebrating their 45th anniversary and high school bands from Toms River, Jackson and Central Regional.

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TOMS RIVER – Ocean County Historical Society is hosting its Second Annual Spring Flea Market on May 4, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The event will be held in the Ocean County Parking Garage, rain or shine!

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Continued From Page 1 aromas: Charlie, Wind Song and, if she’d been cooking all day, garlic.” Curto is a Jersey Shore native, growing up in 1970s Toms River in a house off Brookside Drive. She attended Cedar Grove Elementary, Intermediate East, and Toms River High School East before moving out of state for college. While she may reside in New York’s Hudson Valley these days, Curto’s childhood is a longtime tenant in her mind. Her book “Not for Nothing: Glimpses Into A Jersey Girlhood” demonstrates how her memories of her childhood on the Jersey Shore have become a source of value, inspiration, and communication for the writer. “When I started the book, I didn’t even realize I was starting it,” Curto said in an interview with Jersey Shore Online. The writing process began in 2005, when Curto was taking a creative writing workshop as a student. “The prompt was to write your earliest memory,” she said. For Curto, her mind effortlessly travelled back in time to the 1970s, when her family operated a gas station business on the Jersey Shore. She noted the business is still running today at the hands of her siblings. After that moment, “it clicked, the planets sort of aligned,” she said, and “Not for Nothing” became a possibility. She continued to dig up memories from her past to write about, although it would be many years before these pieces came together to form her book. After Curto left the Jersey Shore, she attended undergrad at Sara Lawrence College in New York

where she concentrated on sociology and creative writing. She continued her writing while doing graduate work at Hunter College, also in New York, where she worked on getting her Master’s in Social Work. It wasn’t until years later, around 2010, that she really focused in on “Not for Nothing” while she was attending classes for her Masters of Fine Arts in writing. Between 2010 and 2012, she “wrote heavily” for her book while finishing up her studies and being a mother to her four kids, who are now 18, 20, 22, and 24 years old. “I was chipping away at it in various degrees,” said Curto. “Not for Nothing” was mostly complete by 2012, and received official acceptance for publication by December 2017. Curto’s book is made up of numerous small chapters that describe “snapshots” of moments from her childhood. Beginning with chapter one, entitled “Now,” Curto takes us back in time to see what her girlhood was like in a place most of us can recognize ourselves. From going down to Fred’s Texaco with her mother for a Coca Cola, making stops along the way to the A&P that used to be on Route 37, or Garden State Bank, to signing up for kindergarten classes in the basement of Ambassador Christian Academy Church School, Curto takes us on a journey of Ocean County in its former years. One chapter, entitled “21st Street,” is a glimpse of when Curto moved to 21st Street in Ship Bottom while she was in the first grade. She attended Ethel Jacobsen Elementary and spent her free time going to the local arcade, playing mini golf, riding her bike down to the bait shop and crabbing on the Barnegat Bay. “Not for Nothing” makes countless references

to familiar Jersey Shore spots that we know and love, some no longer with us. “There’s references to the Seaside boardwalk, Cedar Grove Elementary…references to places that are no longer there like Charney’s,” a stationary store in Toms River. Curto reminisced that her mother always loved to go to Charney’s for her office supplies. Robert Hall stores and the Berkeley Sweet Shop also make appearances in her snapshot memories. Out of all the places on the map that Curto mentions, she said that the book is chock full of references to the ocean and the beach; one of her favorite places to this day. “They [the beach and bay] occupy a lot of space in the book,” she said. “My mother loved the beach.” While she said she can’t pick a favorite, Curto was able to explain how the specific memories in the book came to her over others. The memories that were “lingering” and “sensory oriented” were the strongest ones that stood out, making the cut into the book’s final edit. The feeling of sand from the beach, her mother’s tan skin, the smell of gasoline and grease from her family’s gas station: these are the memories that lingered for Curto, that made her girlhood on the shore a unique and tangible experience, she said. A lot of the book also revolves around her relationship with her mother, sometimes wonderful, sometimes turbulent; a feeling most can relate to. Curto’s mother came to the shore from Brooklyn after meeting her father where he lived in Newark. Together, they moved to south Jersey and opened up a business and started a family. “The book took a long time to write, but it’s very quick,” to read, said Curto. Now, she lives in the Hudson Valley with her hus-

band and four kids. She teaches writing and literature at the Writing Institute at Sara Lawrence, her alma mater, and at Montclair State University, while freelancing occasionally. Curto takes every chance she can get to make it down the shore to see her family, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews that still live in the Toms River area. “I always go back home,” she said. One of her favorite pastimes is heading over to the water. “I rarely go down to Toms River and don’t go over the [Mathis-Tunney] bridge,” she said. “A lot of the book is couched in Italian American experience,” she added. This is something that she hopes her readers can either relate to, or learn from. Curto hopes that for those that can’t relate, her family experiences might provoke thoughts about the reader’s own family history to foster a “rich reading experience.” Curto hopes the reader’s final takeaway is this: “an appreciation for the fact that we all have the capacity to remember.” Her mantra revolves around the idea that in memory, there is value. “I’m still learning from it,” she added. While she is not currently working on another book at the moment, Curto is delving into the world of music, putting together a playlist of New Jersey artists that “move her,” she said. Music has helped influence the way she remembers, so she hopes this will be the next step for her writing. Readers can find more information about Curto, her other published works, and her in-the-works playlist on her website at


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Four were able to go to family members in the area. Others were able to find alternate locations. Two pets, a cat and a dog, were put up at the township’s shelter until their owners were able to find a place to go. Most of the residents were working, but can’t afford a more permanent place to live on minimum wage jobs, Guardian said. And while paying $250 a week rent to the hotel, they were not able to save up enough money to afford an apartment, since apartments generally want two months rent and a security deposit up front. Recently, the town had also shut down the Red Carpet Inn in the downtown area and the Pine

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Rest Motel on Route 37. The Pine Rest had a similar situation, in which electricity was shut down and the hotel and cabins on the property were deemed uninhabitable. All three of them had a history of police showing up for various reasons. When the Red Carpet was shut down, several people there were charged with drug possession and distribution. Councilman Terrance Turnbach said that as far back as 1999 he had seen cases of criminal activity at the Parkway Motel, such as violence and overdoses, while he worked for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. However, the current residents were not arrested for anything when the motel was shut down.

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Thousand Islands International Piano Competition, and reaching the finals in the 17th Osaka International Music Competition. For his recital at the Grunin Center, Lo has chosen a compelling program that showcases Schumann’s rhapsodic testament to romanticism, the Fantasy Op. 17, as well as the centerpiece of Prokofiev’s trilogy of works known as the war sonatas, the tempestuous Sonata No. 7. This performance will take place in Grunin A203 so as to utilize the 9 ½-foot Bosendorfer Imperial Grand Piano generously on loan to OCC by Mr. Richard Askoff. Please call 732-255-0500 to reserve seats, as they are limited. For more information, visit

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State School Aid Figures “Severely Flawed”

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

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

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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

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

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

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.

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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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Filmmaker Craig Dudnick To Present Documentary At Toms River Library

TOMS RIVER – The Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library will host a screening of “Alice’s Ordinary People,” featuring filmmaker Craig Dudnick at 7 p.m. Monday, Apr. 1. “Alice’s Ordinary People” is about Alice Tregay and the Chicago Freedom Movement. Along with Reverend Jesse Jackson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tregay marched for justice and human rights in Chicago in the 1960s. The film illustrates Tregay’s ongoing fight for justice and how ordinary people can bring about change.

There will be a Q&A session with Dudnick following the screening. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean County Library – Toms River. The branch is located at 101 Washington Street. Registration is required for this free event. To register, call the branch at 732-349-6200 or visit Free parking is available daily after 5 p.m. on the top two levels of the parking garage behind the library, or all levels, anytime in the parking garage on Hooper Avenue.

5th Annual Spring Fling Gift Auction By The Rotary Club of Toms River TOMS RIVER – The Rotary Club of Toms River proudly presents their 5th Annual Spring Fling Gift Auction on Saturday, March 29. Our event will be at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on Route 37 in Toms River. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and include a buffet dinner and free sheet of bidding tickets. There will be a great door prize as well. Cash bar will be available. Tickets are available by calling Tim at

732-674-6898. Leave your name and phone number. Only 300 tickets are available and are selling fast. Tables of 10 can be reserved. We will have over 125 gift baskets in all price ranges. We do accept credit cards that night. We will also draw the winner of our Big Bonanza 50/50 that night. All proceeds will benefit our Feed the Hungry food pantry program and local scholarships.

30th Annual NJ State Chili & Salsa Cook-Off

TOMS RIVER – The 30th Annual NJ State Chili & Salsa Cook-off takes place along Washington Street in Downtown Toms River on May 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be Food Trucks, Beer & Wine Garden, Live Entertainment, Merchandise

Vendors, and not to mention, Chili & Salsa Tastings! This event is free to the public. Tasting kit is $7 and vote for your favorite chili! For more information, contact Downtown Toms River at 732-341-8738.

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ATLANTIC CITY – “Women, 60+: experienced enough to do the right thing, yet young enough to enjoy more!”, is the theme for the Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant 2019. Harrah’s Resort Hotel & Casino will host the annual event on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in the Superstar Theater at 1 p.m. The Pageant began in 1971, and is the search for that gracious lady, 60 and over, who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all Senior Americans. There are four Judging Categories which include: Evening Gown, Philosophy of Life, Talent, and Judges Interview. After

winning the State title, the Queen becomes the delegate from New Jersey, who will participate in the Ms. Senior America Pageant 2019. The National Pageant will be held in October at Resorts. This is a great opportunity at this time of your life to have the time of your life! If you are interested in becoming a contestant, please contact Mrs. Terry Meade, State Pageant Director, 609-443-3039, or 908-216-8534., or email tbm5201@ To learn more, visit our website and blog at and

The Jersey Shore Comic Book Show TOMS RIVER – The Jersey Shore Comic Book Show returns to the Toms River Elks on Sunday, March 24 featuring vendors, artists, writers and costume groups. Guests include Keith Williams (Spider-Man), Joe del Beato, Nick Grigsby, Marvel Comics colorist Bob Sharen. The Philadelphia Avengers will be collecting for their children charities. The Saber Guild Corelia and the 501st Legion will demonstrate

their skill with light sabers. Raffles, door prizes, costume contest for all ages will be available. The Elks Lodge is at 600 Washington Street, corner of Clifton Avenue. Show is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3, but children under 12 are admitted free. For more information, visit or call 609-2427756.

Learn How to Market Your Business on Facebook at the Toms River Library

TOMS R I V ER – The Toms R iver Branch of the Ocean County Library will host “How to Market Your Business on Facebook” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 28. A Facebook page helps legitimize your business in the customer’s eye. Instructor Tom Forgione will share useful tips and tricks to ensure a successful Facebook advertising campaign.

This workshop will be presented in pa r t nersh ip w it h SCOR E of Ocea n County. The branch is located at 101 Washington Street. Registration is required for this free event. Register in person, call the branch at 732-349-6200 or visit

Police Chief Teaching Self Defense Class

TOMS RIVER – Chief Little of Toms River Police Department is conducting a self-defense class including weapons for all women over the age of 13 at Superior Fitness on April 7! The class will be held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The cost is $20 per person. All proceeds will go to the Toms River Police Foundation

Kids Program and Bigs In Blue. No refunds. Self-defense is a set of awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills, safety strategies, and physical techniques that enable someone to successfully escape, resist, and survive violent attacks. A good self-defense course provides psychological awareness and verbal skills, not just physical training.

Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner

SEASIDE PARK – The Tri-Boro First Aid Squad presents a Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner on April 6, 5-7 p.m. at the Tri-Boro First Aid building. There will be homemade meatballs, sauce, spaghet-

ti, salad, bread, soda, and cake. BYOB. Adults are $15 each; children 4-12 years are $7 each. For tickets, call 732-8303236. Call 732-830-3232 for takeout, pickup, or delivery.

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Fun and Exciting Field Trips! Lakehurst Naval Base • Planetarium Asbury Park Spray Park Monmouth Museum & Insectropolis!

Sing-A-Long with Annie B. Shobo & Shady Clown Show Bubble John • Otto the Robot & more!!

Special Days Wacky Wet Wednesdays • Kona Ice Truck Karaoke Dance Party Sensory Day & so much more!

If you sign-up by March 1st for the 10 weeks of Summer Camp, the first week of camp is free! nj-ny/toms-river-crescent-road-nj Visitors and Trips are subject to change. To attend field trips, you must be 4 years and older.

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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

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County: Census Important To Get Funding

By Chris Lundy TOMS RIVER – The 2020 Census is coming, and the county wants to make sure everyone is counted. The Census serves as a basis for the distribution of more than $675 billion in annual state and federal grants, and the county wants to make sure it gets its fair share. Ocean County’s portion of this could be used for infrastructure improvements, senior services, public health, education, transportation and Community Development Block Grants. Census counts also help with funding for such programs as the First Time Homebuyer Program, HOME Housing Rehabilitation Program and Tenant-based Rental Assistance. A Complete Count Committee will be formed this spring, made up of 25-30 people who have close ties to residents, Freeholder Joseph Vicari said. “A major purpose of the Committee will be to assist the Census Bureau in reaching out to residents that traditionally have had a low response rate in completing a census questionnaire,” Vicari

said. “It’s important everyone is counted, every household. Participation is critical, as the results determine Congressional representation and also how federal and state funding is distributed.” Ocean County has a lot of unique situations, and these have to be taken into account, he said. For example, there are a large number of people who live here but spend winters in warmer states. “The guiding principal for the Census is ‘usual residence’ which is defined as the place where the person lives and sleeps most of the time,” Vicari said. “So it is important our snowbirds who live in Ocean County most of the year are counted. “From forming the Complete Count Committee to planning activities that will help to engage all of our citizens to be counted, we take this preparation very seriously,” Vicari said. “It has a long-ter m effect on our representation on the federal level and also the f u nds we receive for key prog rams that provide benefits to our towns and citizens.”

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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

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1st Annual Dodgeball Tournament

TOMS RIVER – Toms River PBA 137 is holding our 1st Annual Dodgeball Tournament on March 22, 6-10 p.m., to benefit the Police Unity Tour in conjunction with the Toms River Police Foundation at Toms River High School East. The Dodgeball Tournament proceeds will support Toms River

Police Department riders in their quest to ride from New Jersey to the Washington D.C. Police Memorial, in honor of officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. For more information or to register your team please visit


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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

Surviving to Thriving: A Group for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault BRANT BEACH – St. Francis Community Center Counseling Services announces a group for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault. Empower yourself – unlock the skills and tools necessary to move forward and thrive in this safe, free and confidential group.


The group will meet Monday’s starting April 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Toms River, NJ. This group is open to all residents of Ocean County 18 years and older. Please call Bianca Valentini, LSW to register and reserve your space at 609-494-1554.

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Health Dept. Reminds Residents To Vaccinate Their Pets OCEAN COUNTY – The Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) wants to remind residents that vaccinating their precious furry friends can save their pets lives from many deadly diseases such as canine distemper and rabies. “We have recently seen an increase in canine distemper cases in raccoons here in Ocean County so now is a good time to urge all cat and dog owners to vaccinate their pets with age appropriate vaccines as recommended by their veterinarian,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. Pet vaccines exist to prevent your pet from falling ill. They provide immunity from a range of infectious diseases that can affect both humans and animals. Daniel Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator reminds us, “Living in Ocean County, many of us share our surroundings with wildlife. Sometimes animals such as raccoons, skunks and opossum may have an unexpected encounter with a family pet so it’s best to be protected from any of the diseases those animals may potentially be carrying. And you can never forget that rabies can be passed on from animals to humans so keeping vaccinations up-to-date is crucial in maintaining not only your pet’s health, but your own.” Tips to keep your pets safe from wildlife: • Keep your dogs on a leash while on

‘Showtime at the Apollo’ Winner Alexia Morrast At Grunin Center

TOMS RIVER — Seventeen-year-old singer-songwriter Alexis Morrast has proved her chops by twice taking the title at Amateur Night at the Apollo, and also winning “Showtime at the Apollo,” a Fox TV program hosted by Steve Harvey. This month, Morrast will grace the main stage of the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts. “Introducing Alexis Morrast” is set for 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, part of the arts center’s Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon Series. The Grunin Center is located on the Ocean County College Main Campus, on College Drive in Toms River. The youngest of six children, Morrast began singing at the age of three. The 17-year-old phenom and native of Newark, New Jersey, now resides in Plainfield, New Jersey. In addition to her success at the Apollo, Morrast was the recipient of the 2017 Hot House Magazine “Best Up and Coming Young Artist Award.” Tickets: Adults $24, Seniors $20 New Jersey Jazz Society is a proud media sponsor of the Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon Series. To purchase tickets, contact the Grunin Center at 732-255-0500 or visit

walks or at the park Keep your cats indoors Do not catch or remove wildlife form their homes • Don’t feed wildlife on your property and don’t feed your pets outside • Keep garbage can lids secure • Enjoy wildlife from a distance Regenye added, “Pet owners should schedule annual wellness appointments with their veterinarian to discuss their health and vaccination schedule. However, if you suspect your cat or dog had contact with a sick animal you should call your veterinarian right away.” If you have any questions regarding vaccinations please call the Ocean County Animal Facilities at 732-657-8086 or 609978-0127 or your veterinarian. You can also visit the Health Department’s website at or follow the Health Department on Twitter@OCpublichealth or like us on Facebook. • •


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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

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Ocean County Historical Society’s Book & Collectibles Sale

TOMS RIVER – Ocean County Historical Society’s storage spaces are overf lowing; take advantage of our Spring Cleaning! A “Book & Collectibles Sale” will be held on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All books are only $1 each, $5 per bag! All collectibles at heavily-reduced prices. All proceeds benefit the Ocean County Historical Society. Free admission. For more information, contact Ocean County Historical Society or visit

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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

11th Annual LBI Wedding Road Show & Party Planning Tour

MANAHAWKIN – Register for 11th Annual LBI Wedding Road Show & Party Planning Tour for a complimentary day for all guests who are preparing for a one of a kind celebration filled with samples, tastings and giveaways! The event will be held on April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (9 a.m. tour) at The Mainland Holiday Inn in Manahawkin.

Meet directly with experts that can provide services for your customized day. Venues will be open with wedding professional showcases in addition to dozens of prize drawings at each location. Tour stops include food and fun. Road Show attendees are encouraged to pre-register to make check in quicker on April 28. This event is free! Go to visitLBIregion. com for more information.


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Artists & Vendors Needed For 2019 Earth First Festival

OCEAN COUNTY – Artists and Vendors wanted for the 2019 Earth First Festival at Jakes Branch County Park on Saturday, May 18. Earth First Art Contest: Attention all local Ocean County artists! Ready to put your skills to the test? Jakes Branch County Park is looking for talented, local artists to design a themed art piece that will be showcased on various advertisements and show items for the 2020 Earth First Festival. All artwork must be newly created and entered by March 30. All art will be judged by an art panel and the finalists will be posted on our Facebook page for the public to vote for their favorite piece. For contest rules and entry form, email Ben Ackerman at This year’s art theme: The Power of Pollinators. Entry form:

Earth First Festival Jakes Branch County Parks 2nd Annual Earth First Festival is approaching quickly. We are looking for local artists and businesses to take part in our event. Spots for the event are free! In keeping with the theme of the event, we are looking for local environmental and holistic businesses, recycled and environmental crafters and artists, garden and plant vendors, and whole food and produce vendors who have products to sell on site. Products being sold must be family friendly and fit within the criteria laid out in the vendor rules. All applications are subject for review before an acceptance letter is sent. An application is not a guarantee of acceptance to the show. For an event application and vendor rules, email Ben Ackerman at backerman@ Vendor Application form:

An Afternoon of Magic & Illusion: A Sensory Friendly Performance

TOMS RIVER – An Afternoon of Magic & Illusion features Kevin Spencer, an extraordinary magician, in a fun-filled show that combines storytelling, stage magic, and audience participation. This sensory-friendly, relaxed performance is designed to create an experience that is welcoming to all families with children with autism or with other developmental or intellec-

tual disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. The performance was specifically designed to be baffling and entertaining for all! An Afternoon of Magic & Illusion: A Sensory Friendly Performance will be held at the Grunin Center on April 6, 11 a.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children. For information or tickets, visit magic-illusion/.


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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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Cardiac & Concussion Screenings For Young Athletes TOMS RIVER – RWJBarnabas Health is hosting Cardiac & Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes at Toms River High School North on April 13, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Free screenings include: • Cardiac screening: open to the first 80

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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 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 1-800-560-9990 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.

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.



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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)

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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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3rd Annual Meatball Showdown

TOMS RIVER – Please join us for the 3rd Annual Meatball Showdown located in downtown Toms River on Sunday, March 31 from 2-5 p.m. The Meatball Showdown will feature meatballs prepared by several local, non-professional cooks as they compete for the title of “Best Meatballs of the Jersey Shore”. Returning to defend her 2018 Judge’s 1st Place Meatball and People’s Choice Award Meatball, Deb Turner! How Winners Will Be Determined: Two winners will be crowned - one will be selected by the 3-judge panel. The other, The Peoples’ Choice Award, will be selected by everyone in attendance on the 31st. Attendees, come prepared to provide feedback that will put your favorite meatball over the top! How to Enter: If you think your (aka your mom’s) meatballs have what it takes to be the best, then we invite you to submit a video telling us why you think they’re going to make our mouths water! Only the top submissions will be selected. You can submit your video entry one of three ways: Post your video to Facebook - make sure you take @meatballshowdown! • Post you r video to I nst ag ram meatbal lshowdow n a nd /or w it h hashtag #meatballshowdown and #sundaysareformeatballs

Email us at meatballshowdow Submissions should be creative. Why a re you r meatballs t he best? W hat is your favorite memor y about your mom’s meatballs? You get the idea. Pr izes: $500 to Judges’ 1st Place Meatball and $100 to Peoples’ Choice Award Meatball. Space is limited for this event so please buy your tickets via Eventbrite. Tickets are $25 and include a tasting of each meatball, the ability to vote for your favorite, samplings from local wineries (1-2 bottles of wine will be placed on each table for sharing), and a lot of laughs. In short, prepare to leave full and happy! If you’re going to spend the afternoon with us on the 31st, please bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to The Hope Center in TR. All profits (with the exception of the prize money) will also be donated to the organization. In 2018, we donated $3,600 to The Hope Center - help us top that in 2019! If you are interested in being one of the chefs and would like more information please send an email to and we will give you all the details. This should go unsaid, but we are talking classic Italian meatballs here - no Swedes, please!

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A Love Letter To Broadway

TOMS RIVER — The Ocean County College Repertory Theatre Company will bring their production of A Love Letter to Broadway to the Black Box Theatre at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts through March 17. Join the theatre company as they present a rousing collection of musical favorites spanning decades and styles. You’ll enjoy a delightful show featuring well-known hits (and some misses), the up-tempo, the ballad, and the rock n’ roll jukebox. If you’re a fan of Broadway musicals, this is a show you don’t want to miss! Performances: • Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. • Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m. Creative Team: Paul Chalakani, Director; Beth Brierley, Choreographer; Kara Leigh, Musical Director; Lauren Schwartz, Lighting Designer/Stage Manager; and Stephan Caldwell, Set Designer/

Technical Director. Cast: Taylor Bongarzone, Brandon Burns, Connor Dosch, Javier Fuentes, Samantha Gertner, Becky Hobba, Cassie Jones, Thomas Krey, Donovan Lee, Becky Malinowski, Amanda Mason, Kelly Morrissey, Marley Pullen, Megan Rafferty, Derek Rizzo, Arianna Scarano, Cameron Schlussler, Rubin Smyers, John Thompson, Mike Thullner, Katie Whalen Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, and can be purchased online at; by phone at 732-2550500; or in person at the Grunin Center Box Office, Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ask about group and student rates. 92.7 WOBM is the official media sponsor of the 2018-2019 Grunin Center Season. The Grunin Center is located on the OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.


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Lecture: NJ Association For Music Therapy

TOMS RIVER – Representatives from the NJ Association for Music Therapy will lecture on various aspects of music therapy and provide a demonstration. The program will appeal to caregivers of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses and students who are interested in explore this as a career. The program will be held at Ocean County Library - Toms River branch on Tuesday, February 12 beginning at 7 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public. For information or to register, please call 732-3496200 or visit our webpage at Free parking is available daily after 5 p.m. plus all day Saturday and Sunday in the top and middle levels of the Toms River Parking garage located behind the library or all levels, anytime in the Ocean County Parking garage on Hooper Ave.

Youth Services’ Spring Break Camp TOMS RIVER – Looking for something to do with the kids during Spring Break? Toms River Youth Services presents: Spring Break Camp on April 22 -26. Camp will be held at 1505 North Bay Avenue from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The cost is $230 per child. Trips include: Jenkinson’s Aquarium,

Roller-skating, Ice Skating, Skyzone, and iPlay America. Register online at register.communitypass. net/tomsriver. Ages: 6-12; Limited to 30 children For more information, call 732-341-1000 ext. 8436/8437.

American Legion Hosts Gift Auction

By Kimberly Bosco TOMS RIVER – Join the American Legion for a Gift Auction on April 7, 2019! The auction will be held from 12-5 p.m. at 2025 Church Rd. in Toms River. Admission is $10.

Join in the fun where you can find great gifts for friends and family, including BlueClaws ticket packages, beach badge season passes, and more! Food will be available at the event.

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Supervising Your Police Drone Program

STAFFORD – Advanced Drone Consultants and Stafford Township Police Department are hosting a Supervising Your Police Drone Program on March 29, 9-11 a.m., at the Stafford Township Police Department. This is a free event open to supervisors of all police agencies who are actively utilizing a drone or are considering incorporating a

The 29th Annual Cattus Island Nature Festival

TOMS RIVER – The Cattus Island Nature Festival is an annual celebration of Natural Science Education at Cattus Island County Park. This year’s celebration will be on April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The entire day will be full of exciting activities such as nature

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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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