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| August 10, 2019

–Photo by Jennifer Peacock Vesper, the juvenile Kemp’s Ridley turtle, was released at Point Pleasant Beach near Water Street July 30. By Jennifer Peacock POINT PLEASANT BEACH – The crowd gathered at the ocean near Water Street drew attention from walkers on the boardwalk. “Excuse me, miss. What is happening down there?” a man,

walking with his wife on the boardwalk, stopped to ask. “They’re releasing a rehabbed sea turtle today. You are welcome to come watch if you’d like.” “Oh, interesting,” he said. He and his wife kept walking.

It’s a little before 7:30 a.m. July 30. At least 200 people were waiting to see Vesper, the 5-pound juvenile Kemp’s Ridley - the most endangered of all sea turtles - be released (Sea Turtle - See Page )

By Bob Vosseller LACEY – You could say that this was a case of a customer’s guilt catching up to them or perhaps more correctly, it had ‘ketchup’ to them. That’s what happened at the Perkins restaurant in Lacey Township when a customer admitted that they had removed a bottle of ketchup from the restaurant several weeks earlier. The customer passed muster however and left an unidentified note recently explaining that they felt the ketchup bottle theft had left them with a bad taste of karma. Since the time they seized the bottle of Heinz ketchup, someone had struck their car causing damage and that was just the beginning of other bad occurrences. In an effort to break the curse of bad karma, the customer decided to not only leave an anonymous note fessing up to what they had done but they also left two brand new bottles of ketchup apparently purchased from a local Walmart (as a receipt was also left behind) to make up for their crime. While the reason given for the ketchup swipe was described as an act of being “risky” by the person who described themselves as a “square” they did sign the note (Ketchup’s - See Page 5 )

Stafford Officers Earn Top Marks In Fitness Competition

By Kimberly Bosco STAFFORD – Two St a f fo r d Tow n sh ip Police Off icers are making locals proud with their recent first place win at a physical fitness competition in Maryland. On July 24, Stafford Officer Jorge and Off icer Wiat rowski won first place in the Bu d s C h a l le nge, a two-person endurance

challenge hosted by Prince George’s County Police Department in Laurel, Maryland. According to the department: “The challenge consisted of twoman teams, who each performed endurance exercises including tire f lips, sit-ups, a wallclimb, equipment carry, buddy carry, water crossing, and ended with a 4-mile trail run.”

Officers Jorge and Wiat rowski beat out the competition, wh ich con sisted of other law enforcement agencies, Nav y and Air Force teams. According to Stafford Police, Off icer Wiatrowski has won 2 NJ Elite Challenges and 2 Prince George Iron Team Challenges. One of Stafford newest officers, Officer Jorge

graduated the Ocean County Police Academy in May 2019. Jorge won for Overall Best Recruit and Most Physically Fit. Officers Jorge and Wiat rowsk i were primed to win, trained by Stafford Officers Fessler and Vincent, former winners of the NJ Elite Law Enforcement Challenge and Prince George Iron Team Challenge.

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Continued From Page 1 back into the ocean after recovering at the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, Sea Turtle Recovery (STR), in West Orange. He or she is the 41st turtle STR has released since starting 2 years ago. “We don’t actually know if Vesper is a boy or a girl. He’s too young to tell without some extensive testing that doesn’t change how we would treat his illness, so it’s not something we would put the turtle through,” STR co-executive Bill Deerr said. Kemp’s Ridleys nest in Texas or Mexico and migrate north in the warmer months to feed before heading south again. Vesper was found in Cape Cod and taken to the Sea Turtle Rescue at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Often, when that hospital finds itself overcrowded, they will send turtles down to STR. Vesper was found cold-stunned, “a condition in which the sea turtle’s body systems begin to shut down if the animal failed to migrate before water temperatures became too cold. It also was diagnosed with an impaction of swallowed sand, a severe ear infection, and

pneumonia, all of which are now cured,” a July 29 STR statement said. Indeed, such turtles are released only June through September at the Jersey Shore, where ocean temperatures are safe for turtles to return to. Vesper was carried by an STR volunteer down the beach to just before the high-tide mark, and then gently placed on the sand before it started making his way to the water. A large wave crashed in shortly after, and Vesper disappeared in the surf to an eruption of applause from onlookers. If Vesper is male and stays healthy, “we hope to never hear from him again,” Deerr said. “You should never see a sea turtle on the beach. So, if he washes up again, that means he’s sick.” But if Vesper is female, “then yes, we definitely want to see those tag hits come back once she’s nesting, probably in another 10 years or so.” According to National Geographic, Kemp’s Ridley turtles have an average life span of 50 years in the wild. They’ll grow to 2 feet and 100 pounds. Females, sexually mature at around age 12, nest every 1 to 3 years. Deerr and co-executive Brandi Biehl founded

–Photos by Jennifer Peacock (Above) A large crowd of early morning onlookers cheered on Vesper’s journey back to the ocean. (Below) A placard with information about Sea Turtle Recovery and their Point Pleasant Beach partners. the nonprofit STR in 2014, and with the help of generous corporate donors, opened their 4,000-square-foot care facility at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo in 2016. They remain an

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independent nonprofit with two full-time staffers, a part-time veterinarian, and volunteers. “All the sea turtles in the world are either threatened or endangered,” Deerr said. “The species we released today is critically endangered. There aren’t many of those left in the world today. Deerr continued: “The vast majority of the effects that are affecting their population are human caused. You have poaching, fishing interactions, beach development, all those things come in to play in taking away their nesting habitat. Activities on the water can impact them as well. Pollution is a huge issue. I know everybody talks about it all the time, but we see turtles with plastic ingestion on a regular basis. It’s not a rare thing.” And, turtles get sick like everyone else. They treat turtles with respiratory infections and cold-stun, the illness that brought Vesper to them, and illnesses that set in after that. Depending on the type and severity of the problem, turtles have stayed at STR from 3 months to 15 months, though Deerr knows of cases where turtles have had to stay in other hospitals for 4 years before being released. To continue their work, STR does depend on donations. Anyone interested in donating can visit for more information. Day to day, Deerr said people can help by putting trash where it belongs (hint: not the ocean), recycling and reducing their consumption of single-use plastics. “It really is something simple that people can do. It’s just a matter of changing your habits, and you can make those changes in your dayto-day life and it has a huge impact on our environment, not just sea turtles.”

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“Adopt-A-Highway” Award Given To Tuckerton Environmental Commission

TUCKERTON – Small but mighty is the best way to describe the extremely active Tuckerton Environmental Commission. For its passion for helping the community, the Tuckerton Environmental Commission received the New Jersey Clean Communities Council’s (NJCCC) “Adopt-a-Highway” Award. “We are a small group, but have been very conscientious to help our community to be clean and green,” said Pat Everson, the Adopt-a-Highway coordinator for the commission. The group encourages the planting of noninvasive plants

throughout Tuckerton and installed pet waste stations and fishing line receptacles throughout the community to reduce litter. They have also been actively involved with the Adopta-Highway program, a leading statewide initiative to remove litter from our roadways. “For such a small community, it was an honor to win this statewide award,” Everson said. “Tuckerton is very proud.” NJCCC is a comprehensive, statewide litter-abatement program that has served New Jersey residents and visitors for more than 25 years. Learn more at

“How Does Your Garden Grow?”

LONG BEACH ISLAND – The Long Beach Island Branch of the Ocean County Library, 217 S. Central Ave., Surf City, will host “How Does Your Garden Grow?” at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, August 13, and 20. Rutgers Master Gardeners will

be available to answer any lawn, tree, or plant questions you may have. Attendees may bring in dying or diseased cuttings and insect pests for diagnosis, identification, and recommendations. Registration is not required for this free program.


Continued From Page 1 as “an awful person.” Maria DiLeo has been the owner and operator of the township Perkins restaurant since it opened 12 years ago. She said Friday that as far as missing ketchup bottle goes, “I never gave it a second thought. I just thought one of our staff tossed it out after it was empty and forgot to replace it.” “I feel sorry for her and I hope her luck has changed,” DiLeo said explaining that while the note did not suggest a gender, “no male has good handwriting like that.” DiLeo said that she and her staff almost missed the Walmart bag with the two bottles of ketchup in it but once they discovered it they knew they had to share it. It was then that DiLeo posted it to a local township Facebook page, Lacey Chatter. “This world needs a little good news and I felt bad for her after reading that her car was crashed into and she had other bad luck. If that is the worst thing she ever does, good for her. People take our Splenda packets all the time. I hope her luck has changed and she buys a lottery ticket,” DiLeo said. DiLeo believes the customer is female and that she is local given that her restaurant is in Lacey and the ketchup bottles were purchased at the township’s Walmart. As to whether she will ever get to meet the customer the restaurant owner said, “I hope so. It would be nice.” The karma ketchup.


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Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Region August Calendar

Join Hackensack Meridian Health for various events throughout the month of August! In Manahawkin: August 13: Tilton Fitness, Manahawkin Powered by Hackensack Meridian Health is hosting a Safe Sitter program, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at 700 S. Main Street, West Creek, NJ. Participants will learn how to keep children and themselves safe, learn how to call for emergency help, basic first aid, what to do if a child chokes and more. Participants must be between the ages of 11 and 14. Registration is required. Space is limited. Fee is $40. Call 1-800-560-9990 to register. August 16: Tilton Fitness, Manahawkin Powered by Hackensack Meridian Health is hosting a free Total Joint Replacement educational lecture given by Herbert Kunkle, M.D., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at 700 S Main Street, West Creek, NJ. Attendees will learn about treatment options for total joint replacements. Registration is required, call 1-800-560-9990. August 16: Tilton Fitness, Manahawkin Powered by Hackensack Meridian Health is hosting a free Headache educational lecture given by Vladimir Klinov, M.D., 1 – 2 p.m., at 700 S Main Street, West Creek. Attendees will learn about warning signs for headaches as well as treatments and prevention. Registration is required, call 1-800-560-9990. August 19: Tilton Fitness, Manahawkin Powered by Hackensack Meridian Health is hosting a free Caregiver Support Group, 700 S Main Street, West Creek. Registration is not required. August 20: Tilton Fitness, Manahawkin Powered by Hackensack Meridian Health is hosting a free Women & Heart Disease

educational lecture given by a nurse educator, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., at 700 S Main Street, West Creek. Attendees will learn about signs & symptoms of heart disease in women. Registration is required, call 1-800-560-9990. August 27: Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center is hosting a free Bladder and Kidney Health lecture given by Charles Fernicola, M.D., 6 – 7 p.m., in the Beach Plum Conference Room, 1140 Route 72 W, Manahawkin. This class will educate attendees on ways to improve bladder and kidney health. Registration is required, call 1-800-560-9990. August 27: Tilton Fitness, Manahawkin Powered by Hackensack Meridian Health is hosting a free Hypertension & You educational lecture given a nurse educator, 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at 700 S Main Street, West Creek. Attendees will learn about signs & symptoms of hypertension as well as treatment options. Registration is required, call 1-800-560-9990. August 27: Tilton Fitness, Manahawkin Powered by Hackensack Meridian Health is hosting a free Headache educational lecture given by Robert Terranova, M.D., 1 – 2 p.m., at 700 S Main Street, West Creek. Attendees will learn about warning signs for headaches as well as treatments and prevention. Registration is required, call 1-800-560-9990. August 29: Tilton Fitness, Manahawkin Powered by Hackensack Meridian Health is hosting a free Osteoarthritis educational lecture, 2 – 3 p.m., at 700 S Main Street, West Creek, NJ. Attendees will learn about osteoarthritis, including ways to keep active and maintain current strength. Registration is required, call 1-800-560-9990.

Boston Red Sox vs. Phillies Game

WARETOWN – Join the Township of Ocean Recreation for a bus trip to Citizens Bank Park on September 14, 2019 to see the Boston Red Sox vs Phillies. Game time is 7:05 p.m. The bus departs at 4:30 p.m. from the Priff Elementary School Parking Lot, 139 Wells Mills Rd.(Rte 532), Waretown. Cost is $69 and includes transportation and a game ticket. Tickets are in Section 245 Rows 4-10. A $40 non-refundable deposit is due to reserve your spot. Don’t delay! These tickets will not last long. You may bring food/coolers on the bus.

Citizens Bank Park permits ticket holders to bring in food and unopened plastic bottled non-alcoholic beverages. Coolers must be “soft-sided”. For more information contact Jean Broadbent at 609-548-6319 or recreation@twpoceannj. gov. To purchase tickets submit the registration form with payment to: Twp. of Ocean c/o Recreation, 50 Railroad Ave., Waretown, NJ 08758. Make checks payable to: Twp. of Ocean Recreation. Once payment is received there are no refunds!

Knights Of Columbus Fundraising Trips MANAHAWKIN – The following are the Knights of Columbus fundraising trips for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children and other charities: September 11-13: Hudson Valley, New York includes West Point tour, two breakfasts, two dinners, two hour Hudson boat tour, wine tasting tour, and transportation and driver gratuity. Cost is $479 per person.

November 19-20: Trip to Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casino includes hotel, buffet, transportation, driver gratuity, $20 casino credit and comps. Cost is $195 per person. December 4: Sight & Sound Theater “Miracle of Christmas” includes admission, buffet lunch, transportation, and driver gratuity. Cost is $139. For information, contact Charles Serwin at 609-978-0970.

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Jumpstart Your Business Small Biz Expo

MANAHAWKIN – Join Ocean County SCORE for the Jumpstart Your Business - Small Biz Expo on Sept. 18, 1 a.m.- 12 p.m. Get excellent advice from local Ocean County experts to help start or grow your small business. • 7-8 a.m.: Breakfast + Vendor Exhibits • 8-11:30 a.m.: Dynamic Speakers & Panelists • 11:30 a.m. – noon: Speed Networking Speakers: • Mary Foust & Chris Landry of Viking Yachts, “Branding for Success.” • Joe Stroffolino of Causeway Family of Dealerships, “Branding Your Business”

• John Santamaria “Planning for Your Business” • Gary Pyatigorsky of Netembark LLC, “Video Marketing on Social Media” Panel Presentations: • Ralph Wolff of Jersey Coast Appliance • Carolyn Card of Trident Fitness • Stephanie Smotrycz of Sunny Rae’s Personal Chef & Food Truck Cost is $10 and includes breakfast, vendor resources, speaker presentations, and speed networking. Expo will be held at the Holiday Inn Manahawkin/ Long Beach Island, 151 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, New Jersey.

Night At The Races WARETOWN – Join Ocean Township PBA and the Waretown Fire Volunteer Fire Company for a Night At The Races on August 10, 6-10 p.m., at the Greenbriar Clubhouse, 1 Heritage Circle, Waretown. Tickets are $65 per person and include a buffet dinner, 10 horse racing tickets, and one gift auction ticket. For Advance

Tickets contact: Mark Houck at 609-2078362 or Jeremy Samuel at 848-525-7921. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Ocean Township PBA Local 371 and the Waretown Volunteer Fire Company.

Lacey Soccer Fall Registration

LACEY – Fall registration is now open for the Lacey Soccer Club. The deadline to register is August 23. • Instructional Soccer Program: U4-U9 Boys and Girls – players who are born on or before Sept. 1,2014 are eligible

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FORKED RIVER – A Pet Fair will be held on Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Lacey United Methodist Church. Email laceyumcnj@gmail.

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Ocean County Personal Assistance Services Program

OCEAN COUNTY – If you are an Ocean County resident between the ages of 18 and 70, who is permanently physically disabled, you may be eligible for the Personal Assistance Services Program (PASP). You must be able to direct and supervise your own services and be employed, attending school or volunteer-

ing a minimum of 20 hours per month. PASP services may include assistance with personal care, chore service, food preparation, errand service or other services based upon your assessed need. For additional information, contact The Ocean County Board of Social Services at 1-732-286-5982.

Annual Art Show And Sale

MANAHAWKIN – The St. Mary’s Eighth Annual Art Show and Sale will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the Parish Center, Bishop Lane and McKinley Avenue in Manahawkin from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thirty-one artists are participating with something for everyone from oils, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, pencil drawings, photography, painting on silk and cards. Lunch will be

available at very reasonable prices. All proceeds will benefit the local charities of “St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry” and “Family Promise” which houses the homeless. Mark your calendars to attend and help make this fund raiser a success! If not in the market for any art, come have lunch with us! See you there! Any questions call Linda at 609-660-8062.

Hot Rods & Heroes

BARNEGAT – The Barnegat Waretown Chamber of Commerce presents Hot Rods & Heroes Classic Car and Truck Show on August 17, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the field across from

the firehouse in downtown Barnegat. Bring a nonperishable food item for the Barnegat Food Pantry. Proceeds will benefit the Barnegat Community Fund.

Lacey Township Farmer Market

LACEY – Come out to Lacey Township’s annual Famers Market running June 7 through October 4, Fridays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 203 Lacey Road in Forked River. A special holiday market will be held on Nov. 25.


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Use The Safe Exchange Zone WARETOWN – Police would like to remind residents of our community policing program called “Safe Exchange Zone.” The “Safe Exchange Zone” program is intended to address the safety concerns brought about with on‐line purchases from websites such as Craigslist, eBay, Facebook groups, and classified ads, etc. and to provide a safe location for families with visitation rights to make the custodial exchange. The Ocean Township Police Department has no known transactions that have gone awry, however it is our commitment to always put community safety first. While we are implementing the “Safe Exchange –Photo courtesy Ocean Township Police Dept. Zone” to provide a safe area for buyers and sellers to meet, it is important to remember that people you meet on-line are is recorded by state of the art security cameras. The Ocean Township Police Department strangers and can pose dangers. Not every buyer or seller you meet on-line is someone “Safe Exchange Zone” will not be used to make illegal transactions of narcotics, dangerwho is true with their intent. The “Safe Exchange Zone” is located in the ous or deadly weapons or any other dangerous front visitor parking lot of the Ocean Township materials. In addition, department employees Police Department located at 50 Railroad Ave- will not be used to witness or be a part of nue in Waretown, New Jersey. Two designated these transactions. We are just providing a safe parking spaces have been clearly marked for location to conduct your transactions. Residents and visitors are asked to call the the program where buyers, sellers and parents can meet and make the exchange. The marked Ocean Township Police Department at 609area is under 24 hour video surveillance which 693-4007 with any questions.


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LACEY – Lacey Township PBA 238 is proud to announce our First Annual, “Oktoberfest,” which will be held at Argos Farm on September 14. We invite you, and your families, to enjoy all of your favorite Argos Farm Fall activities. There will be beer, wine, non-alcoholic

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Lacey Library – August 2019

LACEY – Join the Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library for events throughout the month of August! August 1-31: Meeting Room Art - SAIL Artwork. All Wednesdays, 1 p.m.: English Conversation Group. Practice English in an informal setting. All Thursdays, 12 p.m.: Mah Jongg Mavens & Masters. Want to learn how to play Mah Jongg? Do you already know? Either way, come join us. August 10, 10:30 a.m.: The Shore Memory Café. Early-Stage Memory Cafes provide opportunities for persons diagnosed with early stage memory loss, and their care partner(s), to engage with peers in a relaxed, unstructured environment. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. August 12, 7 p.m.: Saltwater Fishing. Join us as the Fish Hawks Saltwater Anglers Club of Forked River discusses the ins and outs of saltwater fishing in New Jersey. Please register. August 13, 5:30 p.m.: Meet the Mayor. Stop in and meet the mayor. No appointment necessary. August 14, 6:30 p.m.: Social Security & Medicare Seminar. Learn how to get the most from your retirement benefits with Financial Planner Carl Feldman. Please register. August 16, 2 p.m.: Barnegat Bay Critters: Up Close & Personal! Meet some of the animals

that live in the Barnegat Bay. Learn about their unique habitat, what they eat, and what eats them. Presented by the Barnegat Bay Partnership. Please register. August 19, 1 p.m.: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin. Copies of the book are available at the Lacey circulation desk. August 20, 2 p.m.: Kids Don’t Float. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be presenting their “Kids Don’t Float” program, which highlights the importance of lifejackets for infants and children, plus information on where to obtain loaner lifejackets from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. REG. August 24, 10 a.m.: Gentle Chair Yoga. A gentle chair yoga practice designed for adults just beginning in yoga or with physical challenges. Taught by Nancy Bonta Voitko, certified yoga instructor. Please register. August 28, 10:30 a.m.: Tick Borne Illnesses. In this health seminar, learn about tick prevention and the different types of tick borne illnesses. Learn what ticks are most commonly found in New Jersey and the symptoms associated with being bitten by a tick. Other topics covered during the seminar include Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Program presented by the Ocean County Health Department. Please register. August 28, 6 p.m.: Evening Film: Harold and Maude (NR) 90 min. Please register.

Project Medicine Drop Box At OTPD

WARETOWN – Did you know that the Ocean Township Police Department is home to a Project Medicine Drop box? Did you also know that in 2018, OTPD collected 581 pounds of unused, unwanted and expired medication! “Project Medicine Drop” is a resource that allows residents to dispose of unused and expired medications safely and anonymously through our police department, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The drop box is located in the lobby of police headquarters at 50 Rail-

road Ave. For safety reasons, the Project Medicine Drop box can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers, and similar objects. The box cannot accept liquids, medical waste, or syringes. Consumers wishing to dispose of these objects should speak with their doctors or pharmacists to find the safest and best ways to dispose of them. No need to call ahead and make an appointment just stop by when it’s convenient for you and discard your medication.

Stafford Lions Club 70th Anniversary Celebration

STAFFORD – The Stafford Lions Club will host a 70th Anniversary Celebration on September 4, 6-10 p.m., at the Sea Oaks Country Club, 99 Golf View Drive, Little

Egg Harbor. Cost is $50 per person. There will be a platinum sit down dinner, cash bar. RSVP by August 10. For more information, call 914-522-2392.

Card And Game Party/Luncheon

BRANT BEACH – Enjoy an afternoon of lunch, games, door prizes and 50/50 at St. Francis Community Center on September 16, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are for sale at the Community Center Front Desk.

Stand-Up Paddleboard Lessons

MANAHAWKIN – Learn how to paddleboard at A. Paul King Park at this two hour Saturday class on August 17 or August 24! Classes are held from 9-11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Ye Olde Clamtown Antiques Flea Market

TUCKERTON – The 45th Ye Old Clamtown Antiques Flea Market will take place on September 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Tip Seaman Park. There will be an Appraiser Table, over 70

antique dealers, food vendors and more. Rain date: Sept. 8 or 14. Admission is free. Dealers ($45 for 20’ x 20’ space) call 609294-1547.

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STAFFORD – Join the Stafford Branch of the Ocean County Library for events throughout the month of August! The branch is located at 129 N. Main Street, Manahawkin, NJ. For more information or to register, contact 609-597-3381 or Adult programs: August 15, 17, 1-3 p.m.; 29, 31, 10:30-12:30: String of Purls – Knit/Crochet All Mondays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.: Bridge Group. All are welcome. All Fridays, 12:30-4:30 p.m.: Mah Jong August 14, 6-8 p.m.: Milky Way Painting Party. Come learn to paint the night sky. Supplies provided. REG. August 15, 2-7 p.m.: American Red Cross Blood Drive, call 1-800-733-2767 for appointments. August 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: RCE Ocean County Master Gardeners Diagnostic Clinic. Bring in your insect or plant sample for ID. Drop in. August 21, 3 p.m.: Make It! Zentangle Seashells. Learn to draw in the Zentangle style and decorate a seashell. All supplies will be provided. REG. August 26, 6:30 p.m.: Raptors of New Jersey. Learn about the raptors that call NJ home. From eagles to falcons, we’ve got them covered. REG. Children’s Programs: August 13, 10:30 a.m.: OCL Puppet Show Players Present: Not Quite Narwhal. When Kelp gets carried away by a strong current, he encounters mysterious, sparkling creatures who leave him wondering if maybe…just maybe… he isn’t a narwhal at all. This puppet show is based on Jessie Sima’s Not Quite Narwhal. Ages 2 and up. REG. August 13, 20, 27, 10 a.m.: Read & Weed. Join us at the Stafford Community Garden at Manahawkin Lake for stories, songs, and garden crafts and activities. This program is in partnership with the Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean. Best for children ages 3 – 12. Drop-in. August 14, 2:30 p.m.: LEGO Builders Club with SAIL. Build and play with friends and our fun SAIL volunteers. Ages 3 – 12. REG. August 17, 1 p.m.: Paws for Reading. Practice your reading skills in the company of gentle therapy dogs. Drop-in. August 20, 2:30 p.m.: Robots Rock. Play with robots. Ages 7 – 12. REG August 21, 9:30 a.m.: Wigglers & Walkers. Stories, songs, and play for children under 2




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St. Francis Community Center Fall/Winter Brochure Available

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP – Registration for the Fall/Winter Aquatic and Recreation Programs at St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ begins on Monday, August 26 at 9 a.m. Classes begin as early as Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The Fall/Winter Brochures are available at the Community Center or online at: Recreation: With a full size gymnasium and indoor pool St. Francis Community Center has a wide range of athletic programs for children including: Tot & Tyke Basketball, Fall Basketball Clinic with John Pampalone (Southern Regional Varsity Basketball Coach), Co-Ed Recreation Basketball League, All Level Yoga and Pickleball. The Aquatic Center offers various levels of swim instruction, from ages 1 and up. Private swimming lessons, Fall Swim Clinic, Aquatic Aerobics, Deep Water Aerobics, Arthritis Aquatic Exercise and Lifeguard Training are available.

An affordable, yearly membership entitles persons to lower rates for many activities, and free admission to “Open Gym”. Pool Memberships are available for 3 months, 6 months or yearly for individual or families. Daily pool passes are also available; a book of 5 passes is $45 and a book of 10 passes is $80. Please call the Aquatic Center at 609-494-8861 ext. 187 for additional information. St. Francis Fall/Winter Special Events are: Pancake Breakfast, Card Party & Luncheon, Annual Spaghetti Dinner, 47th Annual LBI Commemorative 18-Mile Run, Christmas Craft Show, American Red Cross Blood Drive and Super “Plunge” Sunday. Serving the entire Southern Ocean County area, the Community Center offers: a YearRound Pre-School and Childcare Programs (NAEYC Accredited), Senior Center, Counseling Services, Educational Services and Family Support Services. For more information please call the Community Center at 609-494-8861 or visit our website:

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BARNEGAT – CADCA Youth Leadership Training will be held on August 16 and 17, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Bayside Chapel in Barnegat. Training is open to students ages 15-18 and adult advisors. To register, visit

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By Kimberly Bosco LAKEWOOD – A Master Composter Training Program will be held this fall, hosted by the Ocean County’s Department of Solid Waste Management and the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders. “This program provides attendees with the tools to be master composters and gives them the oppor tunity to teach others in their communities about the importance of composting,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gary Quinn. “We want to encourage our residents to sign up and take advantage of what this program has to offer.” The program will take place on two consecutive Saturdays, Sept. 14 and Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Recycling Education Center at the Ocean County Northern Recycling Center. The program is free to Ocean County residents and taxpayers. There is a $75 fee for non-residents. Each applicant is encouraged to be sponsored by a group or organization as this ensures the opportunity to establish an outreach network for the program. Ma ny t y pes of g roups ca n sponsor an applicant including garden clubs, municipalities, environmental commissions, recycling committees, retirement communities or service clubs. The course is limited to 20 participants and the registration deadline is Aug. 26. For more information and to register,

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Around The Jersey Shore “Clear The Shelters”: Help Animals Find Fur-ever Homes

By Kimberly Bosco TOMS RIVER – Get matched with the perfect furry friend to add to your family at this year’s Clear the Shelters national adoption event! On August 17, the 5th annual event will take place at the Ocean County Animal Facilities in Jackson and Manahawkin, 1-4 p.m. “This is a fantastic event that we look forward to participating in every summer,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “The Clear the Shelter event has been a success every year and we look forward once again to finding good, loving homes for all the wonderful pets we have available for adoption at both facilities.” Clear the Shelters is an annual event that aims to find loving fur-ever homes for as many animals as possible by matching cats, kittens, dogs and puppies with responsible, serious pet owners. In the last two years, Clear the Shelters help over 70 pets find permanent loving homes. “It’s really special to see how the community supports this event. So many people tell us they keep this event in mind when they’ve been seriously looking to find a special pet to add to their family,”

said Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Depa r t ment (OCH D) P ublic Health Coordinator. “It’s been another busy summer so there will be plenty of kittens, cats and dogs to choose from.” Adoption fees will be half the price on all pets during the event. Every dog and cat adopted from the Ocean County Animal Facilities receives a veterinary exam, age appropriate vaccinations, is spayed/neutered, and microchipped. Every one that adopts a pet will also receive a free goodie bag stuffed with treats and toys. “We have a large variety of kittens and cats that are just adorable. Our dogs come in a variety of breeds, sizes and ages,” said Brian Lippai, OCHD Public Information Officer. “The Ocean County Health Department encourages responsible pet ownership and we like to discourage people from buying from puppy mills. There’s nothing quite like a shelter pet” The Ocean County Animal Facilities are located at 615 Freemont Street in Jackson and 360 Haywood Road in Manahawkin. For more information on “Clear the Shelters” or the Ocean County Animal Facilities, call 732-657-8086 or 609-9780127, or check out the Ocean County Health Department website at



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BARNEGAT – Come out and support the Barnegat Historical Society at its annual flea and craft market on August 24, 2019, at the public dock on East Bay Avenue in Barnegat. The markets feature new and used items, antiques, collectible and handmade decorative items, jewelry, etc. Vendor space is available on a first come, first served basis – there is no pre-registration or application.

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

PSAPs are neither FDA‐approved nor recommended to treat actual hearing loss. OTC hearing technology will be FDA‐regulated but won’t be available for a while. Once available on the market, will OTCs address my hearing needs? Hearing loss is often an inner-ear problem, but sometimes it’s a different issue such as earwax buildup, a foreign object in the ear canal, or an ear infection that may cause temporary hearing difficulty. A PSAP or OTC won’t tackle these types of underlying problems. What else should I know about OTCs? OTCs will address only mild to moderate hearing loss, and even then, noise processing will be far less than a traditional hearing aid. They won’t always offer a successful fit and may be less specific for your situation. What’s the benefit of choosing provider-fit hearing aids instead? Unlike OTCs and PSAPs, provider-fit hearing aids can address the full spectrum of hearing impairment from mild to profound. They’re already FDA-approved, are recommended to treat hearing loss, and can adjust to environmental variables such as background noise as well as help your brain process sound. Self-treating hearing loss might seem convenient, but it can do more harm than good. Professional care — including testing, programming, fitting, and follow-up — helps you get to the bottom of your hearing difficulties and secure the right solution for your communication needs. If you have questions about OTC hearing technology, signs and symptoms of hearing loss, or the dangers of self-treating hearing problems, call us today at 732-818-3610 we’re here to help!

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

Gadolinium MRI Contrast Dye Accumulates In Brain By Suzy Cohen, R. Ph. Gadolinium is a silvery-white heavy metal that is injected into the body through a vein and it is a contrast dye. Sometimes it is referred to as contrast media. They help the radiologist see inside you. Gadolinium is like a flashlight in your body. MRIs that require gadolinium can be ordered for many reasons including migraines, coronary artery disease, stroke evaluation, brain tumors, infections and cysts/tumors. Thousands of shots of gadolinium dye are administered to people each day. Side effects may or may not occur. If they do, they are generally very mild like a headache, dizziness, pain at the injection site, prickling or burning sensation on the skin and sometimes nausea. These issues settle down within 24 hours as your body eliminates the drug from your kidneys. It helps if you take an analgesic and some detoxification supplements like glutathione, catalase and R-lipoic acid. Gadolinium is in the news because the popular dye appears to be retained in the brain, raising safety concerns, especially for people who have multiple MRIs per year. More specifically, there has been a study regarding patients who have MS (multiple sclerosis) and these patients were tracked for five years starting from their diagnosis. Over the five years, the researchers found that a by-product of gadolinium called “gadodiamide” does in fact accumulate in the brain. About nine percent of MS patients who received 5 doses or less did have accumulation in their dentate nucleus, which

is involved in voluntary motor function and cognition. What is the clinical impact of this? No one is certain yet. The findings were published in a medical journal called Neurology, July 2019. The study is causing controversy MS community for good reason. The MRIs are needed and useful, but the contrast dye might be harmful if used over and over. Should they get MRIs and if so, is there another contrast dye to use? Is the dye necessary at all? Are all the MRIs necessary? Is the disease progression causing the brain to hold more, or is it ‘sticking’ to everyone’s brain that gets injected with it? No one knows these answers. There are more questions than answers as of this writing. The study did not find any clear correlation between deposition of the dye in the brain and disability. Radiologists nationwide must be beside themselves because again, the dye allows them to provide more accurate results for you. If, for example, the doctor needs to locate an aneurysm, do you really reject to the contrast dye? Since the relationship of gadolinium with disease severity remains unclear, talk to your doctor about whether or not the radiologist needs the contrast dye. Sometimes they can see certain areas without it. If you have a history of kidney compromise, let them know at the imaging center. Every now and then, there’s an extremely dangerous kidney complication, or life-threatening allergic reaction but predicting who has a high risk for these problems is almost impossible.

(This information is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose your condition. Suzy Cohen is the author of “The 24-Hour Pharmacist” and “Real Solutions.” For more information, visit ©2019 SUZY COHEN, RPH. DISTRIBUTED BY DEAR PHARMACIST, INC.

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said Heather Shapter, another leader with the New Jersey Organizing Project, who knows what it’s like to have to jump through hoops just to find access to treatment. “When I was prescribed Buprenorphine, a form of Medically Assisted Treatment, I had to drive an hour each way and pay cash out of pocket for the doctors visits because Medicaid didn’t. Most people struggling with addiction are on Medicaid or without insurance and often don’t have access to reliable transportation. You shouldn’t have to know someone or have special insurance to get access to care.” After months of working together to meet with state and federal legislators, allies who work in addiction services, and listening to the concerns of directly impacted residents across South Jersey to better understand the issues facing people struggling with addiction and their loved ones, leaders from the New Jersey Resource Project, New Jersey Organizing Project, Monmouth County Care Inc., the Mental Health Association, and Xodus Recovery Community Center came together to propose solutions. The community discussion ended with a collective commitment to continue fighting for solutions to end overdose and expand access to evidence-based treatments for people struggling - especially for people on Medicaid. “We believe people most impacted by this crisis - loved ones, people in recovery, and people still struggling with drug misuse are the experts at finding solutions to this crisis. That means all of you in this room,” said Priscilla Robinson, a Community Organizer with New Jersey Organizing Project “We’re going to start meeting with our legislators in the fall in order to win transparency and accountability on how NJ is addressing the overdose crisis and we need all of you to get involved in order to make that happen.”

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MANAHAWKIN – Eleven emerging leaders from New Jersey, including six from Ocean County, will be recognized by Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore at its fourth annual Phenomenal Women Under 40 event on September 18 at The Mainland in Manahawkin. A nonprofit organization dedicated to developing women of courage, confidence and character, Girl Scouts will present honorees its Phenom Award, which recognizes their accomplishments to date, as well as the potential of what they might achieve in their future. All proceeds from the charitable event will benefit programs that develop future leaders of Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. This year’s Phenom recipients make a community impact in their roles at a variety of businesses and nonprofits primarily in Monmouth and Ocean counties, ranging from environmental engineering and education to health and social services. The honorees were selected from a public nomination process that considered their emerging leadership in the workplace, volunteerism, as well as demonstrated hard work and dedication necessary to be a success. “This year’s outstanding honorees reflect all aspects of our community,” said Eileen M. Higgins, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “Whether our Girl Scouts seek a career in finance or medicine, or they wish to forge their own path, these award recipients are excellent role models for our next generation of leaders.” The 2019 Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore Phenom Award recipients are: • Chaniqua Buck, South Amboy, a care manager and coach at Monmouth Cares, West Long Branch. • Elizabeth D’Aloisio, Lavallette, the owner of Ice Berg Ice Cream in Lavallette.

• Kate Dowd, Toms River, talent and organizational development partner at New Jersey Resources, Wall. • Melissa Gallagher, West Creek, a teacher at Pinelands Regional School District, Little Egg Harbor. • Elizabeth Golla, Eagleswood, executive director of Family Promise of Southern Ocean County, Barnegat. • Stephanie Karatzia, Hazlet, a teacher in the Holmdel Township School District. • Gabrielle Liguori, Toms River, director of association management at NorthStar Strategies, Trenton. • Meagan O’Flaherty, Freehold, strategic events officer, Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation, Wall. • Cady Piarulli, Burlington, project engineer, DW Smith Associates, LLC, Wall. • Lauren Concar Sheehy, Colts Neck, video production specialist and president of the Alumni Association at Brookdale Community College, Lincoft, and executive director of the Garden State Film Festival. • Stephanie Toal, Pine Beach, marketing and communications coordinator at OceanFirst Foundation, Toms River. Honorary chairwomen for the Phenomenal Women Under 40 reception are Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian G. Burry and Virginia “Ginny” Haines, director, Ocean County Freeholders. Event chairwomen are: Paige Baran, 2017 Phenom Award recipient from Hiering, Dupignac, Stanzione, Dunn & Beck; and Lauren Holman, 2016 Phenom Award recipient, of Holman Frenia Allison. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased along with sponsorships at For questions or more information about the event or honorees, e-mail phenom@gsfun. org or call 800-785-2090.

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Misc. Vendors/Crafters Needed! - Please read before responding. Saturday, November 23, 2019 10am – 3pm. Holiday vendors and craft show, Pinelands Reformed Church 898 Rt. 37 West, Toms River. Cost is $30, we are providing one 6ft table & 2 chairs. We will also provide a roll and coffee to each vendor before 10am. If interested, please send an email to Or call 732-349-7557 ASAP. (39) Kayak Found On Metedeconk Call 732-213-1802 with color, make, model and serial number. (34) Car & Vendor Show - Manchester Little League August 17th 9-2. Cars $15 pre-reg $20 day of. Contact Beth for info (34)

Items For Sale White Wicker Sofa - Include two chairs, 3 tables, cushions. Cherry wood dinning room china closet, glass front, $150. In Brick 732-477-2155. (34)

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) CASH PAID!! - LP records, stereos, turntables, musical instruments, guitar, saxophone, CD’s, reel tapes, music related items. Come to you. 732-804-8115. (35) 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) Vinyl Records Wanted - LP albums. Rock , Jazz , Blues , Reggae, Metal , Punk , Psychedelic, Soul. Very Good Condition only. Call Rick 908-616-7104. (34) 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)

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Help Wanted Micromedia looking for a high-energy account rep to sell print and online advertising in Ocean County. Competitive base, bonuses & company benefits. Successful applicant should possess good communication skills & a desire to grow with the company. E-Mail resumes to jallentoff@jersey EOE. (t/n) Activities Assistant - Help with recreational activities like BINGO, trips, etc. Apply online at or in person at Magnolia Gardens 1935 Route 9, Toms River - 732-557-6500 or email (35) Part Time Food Service - NEW STARTING RATE OF $10/hr. We have an immediate need for Part Time Waitstaff/Servers AM and PM shifts available, Dietary Aides, PT Dishwashers. We are a well established retirement/healthcare community located in Whiting. We offer competitive pay. Under the direction of great Food Service leadership team, you will be working in an environment where you get the support and training needed to grow in your culinary career. The Pines offers an open door policy and Senior Leadership is always available and visible to our employees every day. in Person to: The Pines at Whiting, 509 Route 530, Whiting, NJ 08759 or email resume to (36) 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) Kitchen/Wait Staff Needed - Apply online at or in person at Magnolia Gardens 1935 Route 9, Toms River For more info call 732-557-6500 or email (35) 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 toms 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)

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Services The Original Family Fence A fully licensed and insured company in Ocean County has specialized in unique fence repairs and installations around the Garden State for over 35 years. We want your gate repairs, sectional repairs, and new installation inquiries! No job is too small for us to tend to in a day’s time. Call us today for your free estimate You might just be surprised with what is possible. NJ LIC: 13VH09125800. Phone 732773-3933, 732-674-6644. (39) Computer Tutoring for Seniors – Retired, “Microsoft Certified” instructor. Very Reasonable rates. Very patient with slow learners. I’ll teach you in the comfort of your home on your computer. I can trouble shoot your slow computer! I also teach iPhone and iPad. I set up new computers at less than half the price the retailers charge. Windows 10 specialist. I can also build a beautiful small business website at a fraction of the going rates. Special Projects always welcome! Tony 732-997-8192. (t/n) Cheap Painting Done Rite - Free estimates. Fully insured. 38 years experience. 732-5067787 cell 646-643-7678. (36)



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Route 72 U-Turn on Cedar Bonnet Island Reopens

By Kimberly Bosco MANAHAWKIN – New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced today that the center median U-turn on Cedar Bonnet Island along Route 72 has been reopened earlier than planned. The U-turn was opened on August 2, two weeks ahead of schedule, as the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges project advances. NJDOT’s contractor, George Harms Construction Co., completed restriping and barrier

removal to reopen the left lane in each direction between the main Causeway Bridges and the West Thorofare Bridges and reopened the center median U-turn on Cedar Bonnet Island. The U-turn near the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Trail between the main Causeway Bridges and the West Thorofare Bridges had been closed for drainage work since February. The U-turns may be closed weekdays, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,

for the next two months for the watering of new plantings along the upper perimeter of the drainage basins. The U-turns will be open on weekends and nightly. In addition to the U-turn, the sidewalk from Stafford across the bridges to Ship Bottom will be open and accessible to pedestrians once barriers have been placed in the next week or so. Once this is completed, the temporary shuttle service that has been in place to accommodate pedestrians will be discontinued.

The remaining section of the sidewalk should be completed by the end of the summer. Work on the $312 million Route 72/Manahawkin Bay Bridge project began in 2013 and is expected to continue through 2021. The 3-mile long causeway links Stafford on the mainland with Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island. Visit NJDOT’s traffic information website for construction updates and real-time travel information.




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With the summer heat upon us, JCP&L is prepared to meet the anticipated increase in customer electricity usage that comes with a heat wave. Our system is designed and maintained to operate safely and efficiently even when temperatures soar, and our crews have reviewed hot weather operational procedures to ensure any power outages are handled promptly. JCP&L offers some common-sense hot weather tips customers can follow to stay comfortable while using electricity wisely during this period of high demand: • Set thermostats as high as comfort will allow. Every degree a customer can increase the temperature in their home will result in using about 3 percent less energy during the hottest summer days. • During sunny weather, close drapes or blinds on windows facing the sun to prevent direct radiant heating from impacting interior temperatures. • Use fans – moving air cools skin faster, resulting in greater comfort on hot days. • Use a programmable thermostat to keep temperatures higher when no one is home, and to reduce the temperature before arrival back home. • Only operate window air conditioners when someone is in the room. • Keep refrigerators and freezers as

full as possible. Frozen or cold items in the refrigerator help keep other items cool, reducing the amount of work the refrigerator has to do to maintain a lower temperature. • Close rooms that aren’t used regularly during the summer, and close the air conditioning vents in those rooms, as well. • Avoid using heat-producing appliances during the hottest hours of the day. The less heat produced at home, the less work the air conditioner will do. • Consider investing in ENERGY STAR® appliances or heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. JCP&L may offer rebates on these purchases and tax deductions may apply, as well. • Check air conditioner and furnace fan filters. Clogged filters waste energy and money by forcing HVAC systems to work harder than necessary. In addition, if summer storms result in downed wires it is important to avoid the area and immediately call JCP&L. If you see a downed power line, always assume it is live and dangerous. Report downed power lines im mediately by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (888-544-4877). Extra caution should be exercised in areas where downed wires may be tangled in downed tree branches or other debris.

Older Adults Health Fair Scheduled

By Jennifer Peacock TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Health Department is hosting an Older Adults Health Fair 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 16 at its offices at 175 Sunset Ave. Visitors will receive free blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings, and hearing tests. The Depar tment will also provide guests will information about diabetes, substance abuse, medication safety, and much more. The event, held outdoors, will feature a

free breakfast and a farmer’s market with locally grown fruits and vegetables. Some companion cats and dogs will be available for adoption as well. “The health fairs the Ocean County Health Department hosts are just a great one-stop opportunity for our residents to come out and get a smart health check and to learn more about healthy living and all the many other valuable services and programs we offer the community,” Freeholder Gerry P. Little said. For more information, visit

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Around The Jersey Shore GoFundMe Aims To Replace $18K Stolen From Veteran

By Kimberly Bosco TOMS RIVER – After a local veteran was scammed out of his life savings, his son started up a fundraising website to help regain what was lost. The GoFundMe page, “Senior with Stage 4 Cancer Scammed out of Savings,” was created by John James on July 30 in order to help his father recoup $18,000 that was taken from him through an ongoing telephone scam. While the name of the victim has not been released, we know he is a 77-year old military veteran in Ocean County who suffers from stage 4 cancer. He was reportedly working to become a bus driver. According to the GoFundMe, James’ father received a call last week from someone claiming to be a Social Security agent. This person claimed that his SSN was compromised and that he would need to contact the sheriff’s department to remedy the situation. While on the phone with someone claiming to be a sheriff, the man was told there was a warrant out for his arrest and that “he needed to do exactly as the agent told him to do.” “Terrified that he was going to be sent to jail and his life’s savings was in jeopardy, he drove to the bank to withdraw his savings. In a panic, he drove all over town with his chemo bag to purchased gift cards at Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy. The “agents” told him his money would be protected by giving them the gift card numbers,” read a statement from James on the GoFundMe. All in all, the scammers made out with $18,000 of his money.

–Photo courtesy GoFundMe “After speaking to the real Sheriff and FBI, there is little to no chance of getting justice or retribution. My father worked his whole life and his savings was stolen from him in one day,” stated James. “My father feels violated, victimized and most of all embarrassed. We are doing our best to keep him in good spirits as he continues to fight his cancer.” James created the fundraiser to not only help replace the thousands of dollars lost to the scammers, but also to spread awareness about the prevalence of these kinds of phone scams. These scam callers will “spoof” a number, which means that it looks as if the actual sheriff’s department is calling based on the number, but in reality, it is someone else entirely. “Please warn everyone you know about these devious plots to scam our loved ones and communities out of their hard-earned life savings,” James said. As of August 2, the GoFundMe has only recouped $2,590 of the $18,000 goal. If you wish to contribute, the fundraiser can be found by going to and searching for John James.

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Rail Trail Advocates Continue With Mission To Embrace County Park Focus On Community, Environment, Safety OCEAN COUNTY –Leaders of the Barnegat Branch Rail Trail Alliance (formerly Lacey RailTrail Environmental Committee) announced a revived effort and more proactive focus for the preservation organization. Long known for their advocacy to preserve a 15+ mile nature trail from roadway development, the group continues to forge ahead despite a court defeat and continued conflict with a section of road developed by Lacey Township. The “Barnegat Branch Trail” is a 15+ mile linear Ocean County park created along an abandoned former railroad right-of-way, the Barnegat Branch of the Central Jersey Railroad of New Jersey. In addition to new leadership, the group announced an expanded geographic reformation and official name change. Although the majority of the 15+ mile former railbed turned rail trail is owned by Ocean County, 4 miles through Lacey Township at the center of the park, remains under the township’s ownership. For over twenty years, instead of preservation of the right of way, the majority of the governing body in Lacey pursued 2 miles of roadway development along it. During that same time, the Township was also pursuing excessive commercial development of big box stores such as Walmart and Home Depot adjacent to the rail trail. However, for almost just as long, the non-profit rail trail group was embroiled in a battle with local Lacey Township leaders to protect the county park from roadway development. In stark contrast to the leaders of Lacey Township, the rail trail group and its supporters instead fought to keep the right-of-way free of cars and preserved as a contiguous nature trail. The group focused on safety and quality of life issues for the trail and highlighted economic and environmental hardships of the road. The trail versus road saga kept the organization in full time advocacy mode on many levels: from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) permits; to Route 9 New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) traffic studies; to local ballot referendum questions; to multiple court appeals, and more. In 2017, the fate of the road vs trail issue in Lacey was decided for a final time. The New Jersey Appellate Court issued a decision allowing the most recent NJDEP permit issuance challenged by the non-profit group to stand valid in allowing roadway development. “It was an unfortunate end to a very hard-fought battle”, said Helen Henderson, former Chair of the organization and now once again the group’s leader. “But it was time to let that issue rest and make a decision about the fate of the organization and how we might continue as friends of the trail and county park”. In recent years, Henderson had stepped down from the committee’s leadership but remained involved in the legal challenge. She stayed in close communication with the trail committee, and last summer when the group was considering disbanding, she stepped up and offered to join forces with enthusiastic “trail-huggers” in Barnegat and move the organization’s mission forward. “I believe local grassroots groups like this have tremendous power to make a difference in their community” said Henderson. She continued “I was aware that there is an entire trail

neighborhood at ‘Mile 0’ in Barnegat, and that those residents were ready to be proactive”, she said. “So here we are today, ready to move the organization forward. It’s very exciting”. The non-profit not only has new leadership but also has an official IRS name change to represent the expansion beyond primarily Lacey residents at the helm. The new name recognizes not only the trail, but an alliance to show that all those involved have shared interests that are not only related to the trail, but to their specific community along the 15-miles of the county park. Bonnie Harris is Barnegat resident and new member of the Alliance. “The Rail Trail Alliance is a group of committed individuals who are dedicated in assisting the county with the beautification of the trail”, she said. Christine Blake, the group’s treasurer is also leader of the trail “Beautification Committee”. “I’ve advocated for the environment since I was 8 years old when I saw a development going in next door to my childhood home in Point Pleasant. Living next to the rail trail is a true blessing to a nature lover like myself and I hope to attract more people to maintain and beautify the trail over the years”, she said. “The trail could always use a hand being kept clean and we’ll be looking for trail huggers to keep the 15+ miles of it pristine!” Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in science, majoring in biology from Monmouth University and is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Brett Middaugh, the group’s vice-chair has a long history of being involved in “trails and dirt”. “The rail trail has a special place in my heart as I used to spend many summers vacationing in Waretown at my Grandmother’s house off Bryant Road, right down the street from the Waretown Trail Head” said Middaugh. “The trail actually cuts right in front of a shopping center in town that used to have a BMX track behind it”, he noted. “To know that I can in some small way help preserve an area that has provided so much to Ocean County over the years really means a lot to me. I hope to be able to get some events going that utilize the trail and perhaps even get interest from people to find an area near the trail to form a small “pump track” for kids and adults alike to have fun like we did years ago. Keep an eye on this organization and join us!” In addition to Beautification, current committee interests include environment; park amenities (such as bathrooms and benches); events and fundraising; and outreach and education (including the history of the Central Railroad of New Jersey). The organization is open to additional suggestions from those who are willing to chair a committee. The group is looking for volunteers and interested citizens all along the trail and beyond, including talent-based volunteers such as photographers, social media managers, or those with administrative expertise. “There are so many opportunities for people to get involved, or just support us and have a good time on the trail and at our future events”, said Middaugh. “Whether it’s general enthusiasm for the trail and what we represent, or maybe someone wants to be a leader for a specific committee or community along the trail, there is something for everyone. Hit us up!”, concluded Middaugh.

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Omarr’s Astrological Forecast For the week of AUG 10 - aug 16

By Jeraldine Saunders

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Do what comes naturally and easily to you. Participate in activities that allow you to utilize your areas of expertise even it something else is vying for your attention. Trying something new and different should wait a day or two. TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): It may be easier just to do it all yourself. Taking on a partner for a project may prove to be more of a hindrance than a help. Fly solo and you won’t waste valuable time sorting out differing opinions on the best course of action. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Focus on quality not quantity. Doing one task well will hold far more value than doing several just-average jobs. Concentrate on getting the details right and you’ll have a product to take pride in. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Courage is being afraid but going ahead anyway. You may need to must your inner confidence to progress through difficult situations this week, but you are up to the task. Check calendar reminders for obligations. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take the path winwin compromise. Trying to impose your will is likely to be met with opposition so look for ways to create a satisfactory solution. You’ll be at your best when employing your imagination and ingenuity. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): No one can carry the whole weight of the world on their shoulders. You’ll be running in perpetual circles if you try to please everyone in the upcoming week. Choose carefully how to spend your

valuable time. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22.): Waste not, want not. A conservative approach to possessions and finances may lead you to recycle what is still useful or rein in careless spending. Don’t allow jealousy to skew your judgment. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Happy bees make the sweetest honey. A fun and enjoyable environment is always more conducive to achieving success with a project or endeavor. Keeping your sense of humor should be the rule this week. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Take a deep breath. If you find that you are getting in over your head, you may want to take a break and recharge your batteries or choose easier-to-attain goals. Giving into casual whims is not advisable now. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Sometimes less is more. Handle delicate situations carefully and tactfully this week since pushing too hard could end up causing unintended consequences. An objective, subtle and measured approach works best. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Go at your own pace. Trying to keep up with everyone else may only wear you out so find the comfort zone that works for you and stick with it. Set healthy boundaries and uphold them. PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): Take all the time you need. Don’t allow someone to limit your options by pressuring you to make a quick decision. Seek out alternative solutions or do some research to find the best choice for you.


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Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen Are You Enjoying An Overabundant Summer Harvest? Put It In Your Soup Pot! By Wolfgang Puck At the height of summer, I often happily imagine that Mother Nature has gone wild. What else could you think if you walk out into your vegetable garden or through the aisles of the farmers market and see tomatoes, zucchini, summer squashes, kale, chard, sweet corn, peas and other produce at their most beautiful, freshest, and most flavorful - all just begging to be cooked and eaten. To be honest, it can sometimes be overwhelming. What to choose? Harvest or purchase too much, and you may be left regretting wonderful ingredients gone to waste. It can seem impossible to cook it all. But recently, I came across a recipe from a chef on my worldwide culinary team that actually does manage to cook it all, in one big, glorious pot of soup. Vincenzo Scarmiglia, executive chef at Cucina by Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas, serves guests his version of a traditional Italian recipe he calls Zuppa del Frantoio, which translates as “oil mill soup,” referring to the giant presses used to make cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil. Good, fragrant olive oil plays an important role in this dish, not only for the initial sauteing but more importantly for finishing each serving with a drizzle that releases wonderful aroma and flavor on contact with the hot soup. But the real stars of this soup are the vegetables, 20 twenty in all (that is, if you count two separate sources of tomato along with two different kinds of beans); all simmered together in vegetable broth. No wonder the dish is also called “Twenty Vegetable Soup.” Don’t be alarmed by the long list of ingredients. You’ll only have to buy one each of most of the vegetables, and you can certainly double up on some to make the soup with fewer varieties. For that matter, feel free to substitute or include other vegetables you like from your garden or the market. Most of the work involved in preparing the soup goes into simply dicing the vegetables to a uniform size - 1/4 to 1/2 inch (6 to 12 mm) - that will cook evenly and quickly. Then, you just add them to the pot in the right order as listed in the recipe, starting with those that take longer to cook and then later adding more tender vegetables. Toward the end, you add the quick-cooking leaves, chopped cauliflower and the canned beans. (A quick note: Half of the canned beans are pureed to give thick, velvety body to the soup’s broth). It’s a luxurious bowlful that may remind you of the best minestrone you’ve ever had, apart from the fact that there’s no pasta included. Serve it with lots of crusty Italian bread, and you have a delicious first course that’s so satisfying you may need nothing else to follow. ZUPPA DEL FRANTOIO Serves 8 1/2 cup (125 mL) drained canned white beans 1/2 cup (125 mL) drained cranberry beans or

pinto beans 1/2 cup (125 mL) good-quality fruity extravirgin olive oil, plus extra for seasoning and serving 1 ounce (30 g) chopped garlic, 6 or 7 cloves 2 ounces (60 g) diced red onion, about 1/2 small onion 2 ounces (60 g) diced white onion, about 1/2 small onion 2 ounces (60 g) diced split and rinsed leek white, about 1/2 medium leek 2 ounces (60 g) peeled and diced carrot, about 1 medium carrot 2 ounces (60 g) trimmed and diced celery, about 1 rib 2 ounces (60 g) diced zucchini, about 1/3 medium zucchini 2 ounces (60 g) diced yellow summer squash, about 1/3 medium squash 2 ounces (60 g) peeled, seeded, and diced butternut squash, about 1-inch (2.5-cm) slice of squash 1 cup (250 mL) canned tomato puree 4 ounces (125 g) Roma tomatoes, diced, about 2 tomatoes 2 ounces (60 g) peeled and diced potato, about 1/3 medium potato 4 cups (1 L) good-quality canned vegetable stock 2 ounces (60 g) coarsely chopped cauliflower, just under 1/4 small head 2 ounces (60 g) freshly shucked corn kernels, from 1 small to medium ear 2 ounces (60 g) freshly shelled peas, about 4 ounces (125 g) unshelled 4 ounces (125 g) baby spinach leaves 2 ounces (30 g) de-ribbed and coarsely chopped black kale or green kale 1 to 2 ounces (30 g) coarsely chopped rainbow chard or Swiss chard, about 1 leaf Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving Transfer half of the white beans to a blender or food processor, and blend or process until pureed. Set aside in a covered bowl in the refrigerator. Do the same with the cranberry or pinto beans. Drain and reserve the whole beans. Heat the 1/2 cup (125 mL) olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, onions, leek, carrot and celery. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables have turned golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash and canned and diced tomatoes. Cook until the squash is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the potatoes, whole beans and bean purees, and vegetable stock. Raise the heat, stirring occasionally, and bring the mixture to a boil. Then, stir in the cauliflower, corn, peas, spinach, kale and chard. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the kale and chard are tender, 5 to 7 minutes longer. Season the soup to taste with more olive oil, salt and pepper. Serve ladled into bowls, passing Parmesan and additional oil for each person to add to taste.

(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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