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Fundraiser To Protect And To Serve (Customers Their Pizza) Community News!

By Bob Vosseller TOMS RIVER - A township-based organization is looking ahead to the cold days of winter which will have a devastating impact on those living without a home. Just Believe Inc., a new non-profit group is heading the Code Blue initiative in the township. Code Blue is activated when the temperature falls close to freezing, and shelters open. When people come into the center “we give them more than a warm place to stay,” said Paul Hulse, the former director of Haven/ Beat the Streets.

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—Photos by Chris Lundy (Above) Paige and Parker Berke, Oceanport, get their faces painted. (Right) C.J. Girgenti, 5, of Toms River, was excited to “drive” the fire truck. By Chris Lundy TOMS RIVER – The term “To protect and to serve” took on another meaning when police officers served members of the public their dinner for a vesta-cop fundraiser. The event, going on

its 29th year, was held at the Pizza Hut on Route 37, and in the parking lot outside. There was a bounce house, emergency vehicles for kids to explore, a dunk tank and more. Occasionally, you

could hear a name being called through a megaphone the same way a hostess would call “Johnson, party of 5.” Inside the restaurant, every table was full and so was the waiting area. Police officers took orders

and brought out the food. Sometimes the officers would take a short break to sit with their families. Even if the customers weren’t sitting down to eat, there was a good deal of people getting their (Serve - See Page 4)

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A Tech Fest 5 Years In The Making

By Chris Lundy TOMS RIVER – Technology is the merging of a lot of disciplines. More than math and engineering, it often takes creativity, communication skills, teamwork and leadership to use tech to solve a problem. That’s why it’s important to engage children early so they get comfortable with it at a young age. The 2019 Jersey Shore Makerfest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019, at RWJBarnabas Health Arena and High School North, 1245 Old Freehold Road




in Toms River. “I don’t know of any other opportunity for people of all ages to come together to engage in such diverse experiences, certainly not for free,” says founder Marc Natanagara, assistant superintendent of Toms River Regional Schools, the host of the one-day event. “We build it, they come, and we all benefit from sharing with each other.” Now in its fifth year, the fair brings the community in to see what local tech wizards and the biggest names in industry are working on. (Tech Fest - See Page 4)

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Ortley Residents Urge Purchase Of Surf Club By Chris Lundy TOMS RIVER – Ortley Beach residents resumed their plea for the township to buy Joey Harrison’s Surf Club, a former nightclub that was destroyed in Superstorm Sandy. The property, located at 1900 Ocean Avenue in Ortley Beach, is one of the few ocean-front tracts of land on the market. A developer had been circling it in the past. Residents came out to a Township Council meeting to again urge the governing body to purchase the land. Ortley doesn’t have a boardwalk, and has little in terms of recreation, Ortley resident Chet Przybylko said. Purchasing the land would solve that problem. Ortley Beach homeowners contribute a lot to the town in tax revenue, and the town should spend that money to reinvest in the area and buy that land. And it’s not just regular property tax, Ortley residents said. The township also (Surf - See Page 4)

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food to go. At the register, there were two large jars for people to drop money in for the fundraising effort. Some people even gave checks. A vest costs about $1,200 to $1,400 each, said Patrolman William Resetar, who was overseeing the event. They have a lifespan of five years before they need to be replaced. For 160 officers, this can be a significant cost. The goal is to hit $20,000. The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation pledged to match whatever was raised, up to $20,000. About a third of the police force was in attendance, Resetar estimated. Besides serving food, they were running games, selling items at their booth, and taking turns in the dunk tank. He said he expected to see about a thousand people throughout the course of the evening. Grace and Wayne Worley of Toms River came out for the festivities. They were going to bring their two custom Corvettes for the car show, but with the gray skies they thought better of having two convertibles there. It could be that other people thought the same, since there were only a handful of cars at the car show portion. Still, it was a good event to come out to, with a good cause to support, even if you’re not driving a custom Corvette. “The cops do a lot for kids here,” Grace Worley said. “We love it.”

Hulse has started off on his own with this initiative and he is calling for area residents to “come out and support his continued success providing a safe warm place during the winter months of December through March.” Last year Hulse performed 7,200 volunteer hours working the Code Blue initiative in the township. Along with his 140 volunteers Hulse was able to get 23 people into rehab and 34 people permanently housed. Hulse served 170 homeless individuals in the center and over 1,730 bed nights. “Many people seek refuge.” The group has two upcoming fundraising events. They include one at the Applebee’s in the Ocean County Mall, Toms River. From 8 to 10 a.m. on Nov. 2 the restaurant will host short stacks for a tall cause, a flapjack fundraiser which will benefit Just Believe Inc. The $15 event will include a meal of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, and a beverage of coffee, tea, juice or soda. The organization will also host its first charity dance on Nov. 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Riverwood Park. The cost is $10 for children and $15 for adults. Music will be provided by PNA DJ and will also include desserts and refreshments. Donations can be mailed to: Just Believe Inc P.O Box 5441 Toms River NJ 08754 or email the organization for further information at

has an open space tax of 1.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. “We contribute a lot to the open space tax, but there’s none here,” Ortley resident Pat Klaslo said. Councilwoman Maria Maruca is in favor of the town purchasing it, called this a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” The financial agreement can’t be reached, however. Councilman Brian Kubiel said that there has been a lot of negotiation, and they were close to agreement. However, an attorney told the owner it was worth more. He said the town “won’t be held hostage” by the property owner who arbitrarily raised the price. Toms River officials have expressed plans to extend the boardwalk, have a public beach, and features like a gazebo to make it an attractive wedding destination. Between the existing parking lot, and more that would be added, there could be 100 spots. The State’s Blue Acres program has offered the property owner, Joseph Barcellona Sr., $6 million for the building that the club is on, Mayor Thomas Kelaher has said in the past. Green Acres would buy the parking lot across the street. Blue Acres is a program for f lood-prone land and Green Acres provides funds for land conservation. However, Barcellona has stated that the property is worth $10 million.

School officials estimate that there have been more than 300 makers and at least 12,000 participants over the history of the event. Using it as a touchstone for the community, the district establishes relationships with presenters to expand educational opportunities throughout the year. Furthermore, one goal is to inspire the students to try some of the activities at home or in the classroom. According to co-founder and Ed Tech Supervisor Tiffany Lucey, “It’s more about having a maker mindset than learning any one tool, and providing open ended challenges for students and even communities where the most important skill set is imagination.” “It’s more important than ever for students to be able to have practical, handson experience and to open their minds to all kinds of career opportunities,” Board President Joe Nardini said. “Makerfest is very inspirational in that way.” It is a free event. It is sponsored by groups such as the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation.

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Ocean County Breaks Ground On Ocean Ride Facility

By Bob Vosseller MANCHESTER - Ocean County officials took shovel in hand and marked the territory of a new facility on Ridgeway Boulevard recently. The facility will house the Ocean County Department of Transportation. Members of the Ocean County Freeholders formally noted the occasion and the start of a new era for OceanRide. “The new facility, which will house drivers, office staff and equipment, will afford the department greater operational efficiencies by being located closer to the senior communities it serves in Whiting, Manchester, Toms River, Jackson and Lakewood townships,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gary Quinn. Quinn serves as liaison to the county Transportation Department which operates Ocean Ride. He added that by moving the department off of Route 9 in Toms River and away from the congestion, it will allow for easier departures and returns for the vehicles that are key to the operation. With work completed on the new Ocean County Road Department Garage on the site, work to construct the new Ocean Ride facility recently at Ocean County’s Western Complex has begun. “Ocean County’s Western Complex serves as the new home to some of Ocean County Government’s most essential services,” Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines said. “Most recently, a new Road Department Garage was completed at the site. The new structure is housing road department

equipment, two maintenance crews and two specialty crews. The new road department facility also includes a salt dome.” Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the County Road Department said the department is tasked with maintaining more than 1,600 county lane miles annually from paving to snow removal. Freeholder Little added, “the department also maintains storm drainage systems throughout the County providing a safety net and protection for Barnegat Bay.” The new Transportation Department facility includes a 9,000 square foot office building in addition to a 100 foot by 180 foot garage area with 10 bays that will be operated by the Ocean County Department of Vehicle Services. “Vehicle Services maintains our fleet of buses and vehicles,” Quinn said. “This coordination is essential in keeping our vehicles in good working condition which makes certain our residents are traveling safely around the County.” The transportation garage will be outfitted with numerous lifts, a welding bay, oil dispensing system, compressed air throughout for tools, vehicle exhaust system, and spare parts storage. The County also has plans of installing drive-thru snow removal equipment to brush the snow off the tops of buses with ease. David Fitzgerald, the director of the Ocean County Transportation said, “construction of this state of the art facility is just another example of the unwavering commitment

from the Board of Freeholders to support transportation’s effort to provide a high level of service to the senior and disabled residents of Ocean County.” Quinn noted that Ocean Ride started 42 years ago. It now provides over 325,000 trips helping residents get around Ocean County. The service provides reserve-a-ride and fixed bus routes. In 2018, it traveled more than 1.7 million miles. “These new facilities will help in our efforts to provide quality services far into the future,” he said. “This service provides a lifeline for many of our residents that would be homebound if they couldn’t access public transportation to get to doctor’s appointments or shopping trips.



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Donate And Save A Life: Ocean County Mall Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month By Kimberly Bosco TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Mall is marking October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by partnering with Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading nonprofi t breast cancer organization. As part of Simon’s fall campaign, over 150 Simon Malls, Mills, and Premium Outlets nationwide, including the Ocean County Mall, will be participating in a range of activities during the month of October. “We are thrilled to launch our More Than Pink initiative and have been overwhelmed by the ongoing positive support this movement has garnered with our shoppers, retailers, and employees to support Susan G. Komen in its tireless efforts to save lives and end breast cancer forever,” said Erin Barbato

of Ocean County Mall. If you make a $10 donation to Susan G. Komen during the month of October at the Ocean County Mall, you will receive a discount pass valid at participating retailers. When purchasing a gift card at the Mall Office, Simon will donate $1 to Komen for each specially marked Visa Simon Giftcard purchased. The More Than Pink initiative allows Ocean County Mall to do its part in helping to save lives and helping Komen reach its Bold Goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the United States by 2026. Last year, Simon raised more than $550,000 to benefit Susan G. Komen, all generated through the support and participation of shoppers, retailers, and employees.

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TOMS RIVER – Toms River Fire Company No. 1 will be trading the fireman’s pole for the North Pole on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 where kids can get their pictures taken with Santa Claus.

The big man himself will be arriving on a fire truck at 7 p.m. at the Toms River Town Hall Courtyard downtown. Refreshments will be available for sale.

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location in Toms River at 1857 Hooper Ave. With the proceeds of the gift auction, the Order of the Evergreen is able to provide financial assistance to their campership program, as well as their scholarship fund. In addition, they are often able to support specific projects at the council’s two camps in Monmouth and Ocean County. The next fundraiser gift auction will be May 1, 2020.

“The Early American Swedish Colonial” Exhibit Coming to Toms River Library

TOMS RIVER – The Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library will host “The Early American Swedish Colonial” in the McConnell Gallery throughout the month of October. “The Early American Swedish Colonial,” brought by history advocate Erik Burro, consists of freestanding panels depicting the history of the New Sweden colony in southern New Jersey. The exhibit was created by the New Sweden Center in Wilmington, Delaware and the Swedish American History Museum in Philadelphia to commemorate the 375th anniversary of the New Sweden Colony.

On behalf of the Kingdom of Sweden, former Dutch governor of New Amsterdam, Peter Minuit, made land and trading arrangements with the Lenni Lenape to create the New Sweden colony along the banks of the Christina River in Delaware in 1638. Five years later, a new fort was built along the Delaware River near what is now Salem, New Jersey. The branch is located at 101 Washington Street. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch at 732-3496200, ext. 5100 or visit theoceancountylibrary. org/events.

Census Data Workshop for Businesses Coming to Toms River Library TOMS RIVER – The Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library will host “U.S. Census Ocean County Data Workshop for Business” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Are you looking for data to help start or grow a business or to understand the business landscape of the Toms River and Ocean County area? This hands-on workshop will help your business plan and aid in making

smart business decisions based on current demographic, social, and economic data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The branch is located at 101 Washington Street. Registration is required for this free event. To register or for more information call 732349-6200 or visit events.

Toms River Library to Close Early Oct. 31

TOMS RIVER – The Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library will close at 5 p.m. Thursday, October 31 for the Halloween parade. The branch will resume regular hours Friday, November 1.

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OPINIONS & COMMENTARY E DITORIAL Make Local Changes Matter People are so angry at what’s going on in the world that they overlook the small, solvable problems just outside their door. People watch or read world news but not local news. Why is it that someone can say what’s going on in another country but they have no idea what’s going on in their ow n tow n? They can tell you the names of the movers and shakers in Washington, but couldn’t tell you the name of their own mayor. You might be wellversed in a national debate, but no one on the federal level cares what you think. You are just one voter. One drop of rain in the ocean. Your opinion on the national or international theater means nothing. Now, of course, if you are par t of a g reater

movement that is something. But Donald Trump or Phil Murphy aren’t going to listen to one solitary voter. On the contrar y, if you want to really affect change, start local. I’ve been to some council or board of education meetings where the only people in the audience are reporters. If you have a solution, if there’s a dangerous road, if the taxes are too high, if there are neighbors who are breaking township codes, t hese a re t he changes you can make. It’s a bit hypocritical of me because I can’t get out to my own town meetings as much as I would like, but I want to underscore the importance of getting involved in your own town. Chris Lundy News Editor


The recent article, “Environmentalists Blast Governor’s Energy Plan” misidentified Peter Blair as a policy attorney for Clean Water Action. Blair is a policy attorney for Clean Ocean Action. Clean Water Action is a separate group. We regret the error.

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Letters To The Editor Mayor Challenged To Debate My name is Laura Shaw. I am running for the office of Mayor of Berkeley Township. I am a lifelong resident of the Bayville section and this is my first time running for elected office. I am excited and humbled to be running for mayor in the town I grew up in. I have spent the last several months knocking on doors and meeting residents. It has been an enlightening and rewarding experience. I have three terrific running mates, also all first time candidates. We got into this race for all the right reasons; mainly to improve the qualit y of life in our hometown and keep it affordable to live here. I have a lot of ideas to achieve these goals and I would like to share them in a public setting, and cont rast them with our current mayor’s ideas and his eight year record. I have let it be known that I want to have a debate with our current mayor. I have challenged him to a debate on social media several times and have had no response. I think t he voters of Berkeley Township need and deserve to hear their elected officials and those seeking off ice present their platforms. Since I have not received any response to my previous overtures, I want to take this opportunity, in a public newspaper for all to see, to challenge Mayor Amato to a debate. I will comply with any format he wants to use; a moderator, a panel discussion, a voter Q&A. He can pick the date, the time and the location. I k now there are undecided voters in town who would find a mayoral debate to be helpf ul in making this very important decision. So what do you say, Mayor Amato? Shall we give the voters

Letters To The Editor an opportunity to see us m a ny lo c a l non - p r of it Sept. 14, 2019). share our ideas and our contrasting visions? I will await your response.

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Amato’s Leadership, Compassion Got Us Through Sandy I want to express my deep appre ciat ion t o Mayor Car men A mato for his assistance and leadership during Superstorm Sandy. On the 29th of this month, we will mark the 7th ann ive r sa r y si nce Sa ndy decimated our area. I was one of the unlucky ones, as I lost most of my home on that day. Many of my neighbors in Glen Cove, some in Good Luck Point and Berkeley Shores were also vict i ms of Sa ndy, losing everything. Before and during the storm, Mayor Amato kept us residents informed by sending out messages and automated calls. Immediately after the stor m, Mayor Amato personally went into the storm-ravaged areas with dozens of trucks and equipment with public works personnel to start the long clean-up process. T his clean-up was at no cost to any of the residents affected by Sandy. During the long twowe ek bla ckout , Mayor Amato coordinated with JCP&L to have free water and ice for area residents at the recreation center. He was there helping distribute it most evenings a n d we e ke n d s! M ayo r Amato also ordered 24hour police protection and command posts to protect the areas from criminals so only “US” residents had access to our dark neighborhoods. A few weeks later, Mayor A mato held publ ic i nformation seminars and wo r k s h o p s w it h SBA , FEM A, Red Cross and

groups to help and aid our residents in the rebuilding process. The Mayor sol icit e d a nd r e c eive d $200,000 from the Robin Ho o d Fou nd at ion t h at provided mini grants to homeowners. When the state and federal government finally allocated the Sandy Relief funding, it was Mayor Amato who took the ext raordi nar y steps to notify the affected residents of the grants that would be available and how to apply for them. A s P r e sid e nt of t h e Berkeley Township Taxpayers Coalition, I also want to commend Mayor Amato and the Council for the outstanding job they have done in keeping our Township affordable, despite the loss of tens of millions of dollars in retables during Superstorm Sandy. Berkeley Township has the SECOND lowest overall Proper t y Taxes in all of Ocean County, thanks to their hard work. Mayor Amato is running for re-election this year. I wanted to remind the residents of the extraordinary effort he put forth then, during the worst natural disaster to hit our area in my lifetime, and the effort he puts forth each and every day serving our community. Mayor Amato has ear ned my suppor t and I encourage you to vote for Mayor Amato and the entire the Amato Team on Column A. Samuel Cammarato, President Berkeley Township Taxpayers Coalition Superstorm Sandy Survivor

The Corrupt Conservative Media A writer from Manchester talks about the corrupt liberal media, Fake news and silent majority (“Silent Majority Should Stand Up Vs. Media Bias,”

Let’s start with silent majority. Trump lost the popular vote by 3 million votes. That’s not a majority. His approval rating has never been even close to 50%. As far as being silent I don’t see that from Trump supporters. They are gener ally bu llies spew i ng false claims and they hate facts. On the fake news media that would apply to Fox News who constantly comes out with “alternate facts.” They have been caught over and over making false statements, taking statements out of context to change the meaning and many times outright lies. Their retractions are a lways af t e r m id n ig ht when most of their viewers are not watching. I remember one in particular during the controversy of football players kneeling during the National Anthem where they showed a photo of players from the Philadelphia Eagles k neeling stating it was during the anthem when is act ually was players praying before the game. They made a retraction in writing but never retracted it during the show it was broadcast. I never saw anything that blatant done on any other news show. And of course let’s not forget the King of Fake News Donald Trump himself, the man is pathological liar who gets caught several times a day making false or outrageous statements. Remember he went for two years saying President Obama was not born in the US and he was going to show indisputable proof. W hat ever hap pened to that proof? Fox News and Tr ump harassed Obama daily but I guess you forgot that. I thin k the eight abysmal years you are talking about were the Bush presidency. Joseph Marra Seaside Park

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Spooky But Safe: Officials Urge Caution As Halloween Approaches By Kimberly Bosco OCEAN COUNTY – As spooky season descends upon Ocean County, officials are working to ensure that the only Halloween scares residents see are the fun kind. “As Halloween approaches I again ask that our children, parents and drivers pay special attention to safety so everyone can enjoy a safe and spooky holiday,” Freeholder Joseph Vicari said. Vicari reminds parents to check in on the Megan’s Law website to be aware of any potential sex offenders that may live in your neighborhood, or neighborhoods where children may be trick-or-treating for candy. “This only takes a few minutes and can make a big difference in keeping a child safe,” Vicari said. The Megan’s Law website provides a database of up-to-date information on all convicted sex offenders who are residents of New Jersey. Towns, counties, zip codes and even individual streets can be easily reviewed. The database can be accessed through a link on the Ocean County Government Homepage at co.ocean. In addition, Vicari suggests opting for face makeup over a mask for your Halloween costume, as masks can obstruct a child’s vision making it difficult for them to see oncoming traffic. “Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to darker costumes,” he added. “Always carry a flashlight at night.”

When trick-or-treating, young children should be accompanied by an adult and older children should travel in groups for their safety, Vicari added. “Make sure trick-or-treaters know to only approach familiar houses that have outside lights on and never enter a stranger’s home or vehicle,” he said. After bringing home your Halloween candy haul, parents should inspect all treats before letting kids consume them. Vicari also reminds everyone to never eat candy that has been opened already. As the Halloween season gets on, residents will of course be shopping around for that perfect costume. Vicari encourages residents to purchase their Halloween costumes at a reputable business in Ocean County. “It’s important to check every costume for a flame retardant label,” said Vicari. “Some cheap or counterfeit costumes may not be safe to wear.” Lastly, motorists are advised to pay special attention when driving on Halloween. According to federal statistics, children are four times more likely to be struck by an automobile on Halloween than on any other night of the year. “In the excitement of the day, trick-or-treaters probably won’t be paying attention to passing motor vehicles, so slow down and drive cautiously,” he said. Before heading out for nighttime trickor-treating, stop by the annual Toms River Halloween Parade on October 31.

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tem or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959. • Pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting. • Commit to completing training. • Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and/or weekends. Many of the 2020 Census positions do require you to have access to a vehicle as well as possess a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available. You must also have access to a computer with internet and an email account. “These temporary positions come with competitive wages, weekly paychecks, flexible hours and paid training,” Vicari said. “They are available to anyone that can meet the requirements.” Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines added that the Census Bureau is committed to hiring people to work in the area where they live. “Working where you live is a benefit to the Census Bureau,” Haines said. “You have a good working knowledge of your area and that is a helpful advantage.” According to the Census Bureau, if you are employed elsewhere, your current job must be compatible with Census Bureau employment and not create conflicts of interest. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Also, you must not engage in any partisan political activity while on duty. The Census Bureau is an equal opportunity employer. If you are a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces and were separated under honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veterans’ preference. For more information, contact your area census office at 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-5622020) and select option 3. You may also use the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/ASCII.

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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 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 609-978-0127 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.

Ocean County Mall Hosts Halloween-Themed Play Date By Kimberly Bosco TOMS RIVER – Join Ocean County Mall for a Halloween-themed Disney Junior Play Date for children of all ages. The event will take place on October 24, 4-7 p.m. and will feature activities inspired by some of Disney Junior’s most popular television series including Vampirina, Puppy Dog Pals, and T.O.T.S. This Disney Junior Play Date will provide a host of family-friendly fun activities including

a craft project to create their own Disney Junior character mask and a Halloween themed photo booth. Don’t miss out on great prizes and opportunities to meet local businesses as well. The registration booth opens at 3 p.m. Be one of the first 100 families and receive a goodie bag! The fun starts at 4 p.m. in Center Court. This event does not include live character appearances.

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TOMS RIVER – Save the date for the Toms River Elks Vendor Fair, hosted by Toms River Elks Lodge #1875. The vendor fair will take place on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5 p.m. at the lodge. Vendor registration opens in December. Details coming soon.


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AMI Foundation Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Events and Free Screenings Available

By Kimberly Bosco BRICK – In honor of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, healthcare professionals at Atlantic Medical Imaging (AMI) and the AMI Foundation are hosting free mammograms and special events. The free mammograms – for uninsured women ages 40 and older with no current or previous breast issues – will be available throughout October at all AMI locations in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Ocean and Monmouth counties. Evening and weekend appointments will also be available. To schedule an appointment, contact 609677-XRAY (9729) or 609-463-9500. In addition to free mammograms, AMI will be hosting a Girls Night Out special event at the Brick location, 495 Jack Martin Blvd., on October 23, 5-8 p.m. Girls Night Out combines health care with fun, food, and friends. The event will include screening mammograms, free mini chair massages and free nail polish change, light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, as well as the opportunity to meet and interact with AMI’s female physicians, technologists and staff. All attendees will be entered in a drawing to win a free spa treat-

ment. Space is limited for the free massages and nail polish change, both of which are available on a first come, first served basis. Girls Night Out will also take place on October 10, at AMI Vineland and October 16 at AMI EHT, 5-8 p.m. To RSVP for Girls Night Out, call 609568-9153. For more information, visit You can also join AMI for The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Walks Against Breast Cancer on October 13 in Ocean City (6th Street and Boardwalk) and October 20 in Point Pleasant Beach (Ocean and Arnold Aves). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., a kickoff ceremony will be held at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. at both locations. “These events represent a ‘best of both worlds’ opportunity for women,” said Dr. Peggy Avagliano, head of women’s imaging at AMI. “They promise to be a fun and enjoyable night out, while at the same time empowering women to take charge of their body and their health.” For walk information, or to join AMI’s team and/or donate to the cause, visit

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TOMS RIVER – The Toms River Farmers Market continues every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November. The Farmers Market is located on The Ocean County Parking Garage Lawn along Hadley Ave. Convenient free parking is available in the Parking Garage. NJ Jersey Fresh Farmers feature fruits & vegetables, baked goods,

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New Mental Health Program To Address Issues with Grief & Loss

By Kimberly Bosco TOMS RIVER – If you are suffering from grief or loss, this new weekly meeting might be just the thing to help you through it. Wellness in Nurtured Grief Support (WINGS) was created by two local women in the recovery community who aim to redefine grief and loss while creating a supportive environment. WINGS is now part of the Monday night lineup of recovery meetings at the Mental Health Association of Ocean County. According to Michelle Price, co-facilitator of WINGS, noted that the meetings are meant for those who have been touched by loss of any kind, whether it is related to substance use, loss of a career, relationship, dreams, or others. “Grief comes in many forms,” said Price. “We recognize dozens of types of grief, which always surprises people…But we’re working on changing people’s perceptions.” Price stated that grief is typically associated with shame in the recovery community, a perception she calls “unfortunate,” because grief should not be seen as a punishment. WINGS addresses the need from the recovery community to tackle grief and loss in different ways. The grief from losing someone to substance abuse and losing someone to cancer or a car accident can be vastly different, she said. Amy Johnson, WINGS co-facilitator and Price’s partner, has personal experience with the loss of a spouse, which helps her to work with members of the group. “Losing a spouse – or any family member – to an addiction is extremely difficult because of the stigma attached to the disease,” said

Johnson. “That’s why starting this group with like-minded people who have had similar experiences can make a difference.” Both Price and Johnson have been trained in a specialized curriculum on grief. The WINGS group began meeting back in February and has attracted members from all walks of life, including both men and women of various ages. According to Price, group attendance varies by week, which she attributes to the needs of each individual as well as the fact that grief is a heavy topic. The group meets weekly, however you are not required to attend each meeting. Price stated that some people facing grief and loss may not be ready to attend and that is OK. When new members attend WINGS, they receive a checklist with many forms of grief. Participants mark all that apply, choose two that affect them the most, and then begin working from that starting point. “Grief is as individual as a fingerprint,” said Price, “Similarly, no relationship is the same. The relationship I have with my mother is not the same as what the relationship the person next to me has with his/her mother.” WINGS not only provides individuals with a supportive environment, but it also allows people to protect their physical and mental health by preventing anger, stress, sleep disruption, strained relationships, etc. There is no cost to attend a WINGS meeting. Dinner is provided. The meetings are held at 4:15 p.m. every Monday at The Mental Health Association – Ocean County, located at 25 South Shore Drive in Toms River. For more information, call 732-914-1546 or email




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By Kimberly Bosco TOMS RIVER – When you live by the water, it is not always beach days and sunshine. Coastal communities such as the Jersey Shore are also at a higher risk for flooding. Ocean County officials say that flood insurance is key to protecting yourself when living in a coastal community. “Flood insurance and mitigation funding from the National Flood Insurance Program was critical to rebuilding Ocean County and other areas of the state affected by Superstorm Sandy which unleashed unprecedented devastation when the storm hit in October of 2012,” said Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, liaison to the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs. “And while we know the importance of flood insurance, we also know that it has to be affordable for our homeowners. On August 7, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution calling on federal leaders to extend the National Flood Insurance Program and provide affordable rates and sensible coverage to property owners. The NFIP is due to expire September 30. Congress has introduced two distinct reauthorization bills that would reauthorize it through Sept. 30, 2024 - HR 3167 sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters and S 2187 sponsored by Sen.

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ave you ever walked into the grocery store and suddenly felt a heaviness in your pelvis? Have you ever noticed that same pressure after you had a cold and were sneezing and coughing for awhile? Have you felt it more towards the evening after you have been on your feet all day, rushing to get your kids to school, go to work, and back home to start dinner? Do you have difficulty going to the bathroom and do you feel there is something that shouldn’t be there when you wipe yourself? Some women describe it as lower abdominal cramping, or a heaviness in their pelvis, others feel a pressure vaginally. Regardless of what you feel, this sensation is possibly a pelvic organ prolapse and there are ways to make it better. What is a pelvic organ prolapse (POP)? Our pelvis is composed of various muscles and ligaments that work together to create a support system for our pelvic organs. These organs differ from the more commonly

discussed organs we hear about in our abdominal cavity, such as our stomach, gallbladder or liver. Organs in our pelvis include the uterus, cervix, bladder and rectum. Directly below the organs are a group of muscles collectively known as the pelvic floor muscles or levator ani muscles. These muscles control bowel and bladder function, sexual function, posture, stability and pelvic organ support. If weakness of these muscles occurs, one or more of your pelvic organs can potentially lower and press into the vaginal or rectal canal. Organs can also protrude directly outside of the vaginal opening. These scenarios describe a pelvic organ prolapse, which is considered a pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. Some possible causes or contributing factors of a pelvic organ prolapse include pregnancies, menopause, heavy weight lifting, constipation with straining, hypermobility and overall weakness of any supporting structures. Is this treatable? The great news is yes! In many cases it can be treated with

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Bob Menendez with a companion bill HR 3872, sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone. “Changes being considered to the national flood insurance program could increase rates substantially leaving homeowners without proper coverage or struggling to pay the bill,” Vicari said. “We want our federal leaders to take a closer look at this legislation so that it doesn’t harm our citizens or the citizens across the U.S. who need to have flood insurance.” According to George Kasimo, an advocate with Stop FEMA Now, the Freeholders are not the first to call for change. Many other municipalities are also asking for affordable flood insurance. “The Freeholders are working for property owners in making sure flood insurance is affordable,” he said. “Under a proposed provision in the Flood Insurance Program, rates could rise 18 to 25 percent. This will have a negative effect on property values and will also affect our taxes.” Companion bills S 2187/HR 3872 propose capping annual rate increases to 9 percent. Kasimo noted there are 53,000 flood insurance policies issued to Ocean County property owners insuring $19 billion in property. In March, the Federal Emergency Management Administration, (FEMA) announced a redesigned risk system, Risk Rating 2.0, which the administration states will better reflect a property’s unique flood risk. “This new rating has the potential to significantly impact homeowners in Ocean County,” Vicari said. “The new rating is also expected to increase the number of properties requiring flood insurance as they expand beyond the current regulated Special Flood Hazard Areas. “It’s important our Congressional representatives hear our concerns and address the issue so flood insurance is affordable and any changes to the program do not have a negative impact on property owners.”

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TOMS RIVER – On the second Tuesday of each month, TRAC welcomes members and interested artists to join us for our monthly meeting from 7-8 p.m. at 53 Main St. in Toms River. Admission is free. For more information, call Carol Stauffer at 732-604-5761.


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Northern Ocean Habitat Home Improvement Projects

OCEAN COUNTY – Do you know someone in need of home repairs? Are you or a neighbor struggling to maintain your home? If so, Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity has various home repair programs available to the community including Aging in Place, Critical Home Repairs, Veteran Repair Program, Neighborhood Revitalization and Weatherization. These varieties of home repair programs help low-income homeowners in northern Ocean County restore and maintain their homes. Habitat will partner with homeowners to alleviate critical health and safety issues and complete needed home improvement projects.

The selection of homeowners and repair applications is done by the Homeowner Services Committee in a way that does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or national origin. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope and a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The criteria for selection is based on income, need and willingness to partner. We are here to help you, a friend or a neighbor complete the application process. Please call our construction office at 732-998-8630.

Downtown Toms River Farmers’ Market TOMS RIVER – The Downtown Toms River Farmers’ Market is located at The Ocean County Parking Garage Lawn along Hadley Ave. Convenient free parking is available along with NJ Jersey Fresh farmers featuring fruits & vegetables, baked goods, pickles & olives, Italian specialties, herbs & spices, candy & nuts, NJ winery, homemade soaps, coffee, and much more! Join us the first Wednesday of each month, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., to celebrate Jersey Fresh Fruit and

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Officials: Teen Suicide A Big Issue In Ocean County

By Kimberly Bosco OCEAN COUNTY – While it may be hard to hear, it is important to be aware of: suicide has become the third leading cause of death among children and young adults aged 10-24. While vape pens and underage drinking are the usual cause for concern, parents and guardians should also keep a close eye on teenagers for other risk factors. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), 14 young people between the ages of 10 and 24 committed suicide from 2013 to 2015 in Ocean County. During the same two year period, there was a whopping 283 cases for the entire state. “Sadly, society is putting more and more

pressure on our young people today. Peer pressure, bullying, social media, drugs and alcohol are just some of the social challenges young people are trying to navigate,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little. According to the same AFSP study, from 2013 to 2015, Ocean County had 1 of the 3 highest rates in the state for suicide attempts and self-inflicted injuries among 10 to 24 year olds. “It’s become another public health issue with too many sad endings,” said Daniel E. Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator. “However, research has shown suicide deaths can be preventable. The key is promoting the work of suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Increased collaboration with state, local and community partners is essential for success.” Prevention efforts begin with educating pediatricians, primary health care providers, school personnel and families on how to recognize the warning signs of suicide and what action to take when intent is disclosed. “Help is available. Young people need to be encouraged to speak with a trusted adult or call a suicide prevention hotline if they feel overwhelmed, depressed or are having suicidal thoughts, said Kimberly Reilly, OCHD Chief of Administrative Services. “Parents that are concerned their child may be suffering from depression or suicidal tendencies need to act quick - do not wait, seek professional help right away.” Symptoms of depression or suicidal tendencies may be hard to detect. Officials note that challenges like divorce, remarriage, relationship problems and social media can be major factors. “Earlier detection means earlier treatment,” Regenye added. “That’s why it is so important for parents, loved ones and educators to keep an eye out for the signs of depression or any other mental health concerns.” For more information, or for links to suicide prevention websites and hotlines, visit the OCHD website at or follow us on Twitter@OCpublichealth or Facebook.

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6th Annual Festival of Trees Charity Fundraiser

TOMS RIVER – On December 13, the Toms River Elks Lodge #1875 will be hosting our 6th Annual Festival of Trees Charity Fundraiser. All visitors will have the opportunity to submit a cash donation for their favorite charity’s tree. Each dollar donated will be considered a vote for that charity’s tree. The event is from 4-9 p.m. The top organizations will receive several cash prizes from the Toms River Elks Lodge #1875 and 100 percent of the donations that they received. If you cannot make it to the event, feel free to contact your favorite non-profit and donate to

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5 Tips To Keep Your Technology Going Strong Does hearing technology call for ongoing professional upkeep? Can I handle any needed maintenance at home? How can I tell whether my devices are damaged? Where can I take them for replacement or repair? Much like today’s tablets and cell phones, hearing aids are powered by complex technology that may require professional attention in certain circumstances, but a little DIY maintenance can go a long way in keeping your devices in top shape. Read on for five simple tips to maximize your tech’s longevity. Keep ’Em Dry and Sanitized: Water is kryptonite to hearing aids, so remember to remove them before showering or swimming, and use a hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier not only to reduce moisture but to sanitize and store your technology at the same time. Wipe Off the Wax: Earwax (also called cerumen) naturally accumulates in the ear and on your hearing aid, but gently wiping your devices each night with a soft, dry cloth and clearing the part of the device that goes into your ear canal with the provided tooth brush will make quick work of the buildup. Check the Batteries: Batteries typically can last from a few days to a couple weeks

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

B Vitamin Deficiency Apparent In The Potty By Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.

When you think of B complex, you probably think of it as one B vitamin, but “B Complex” refers to a group of B vitamins consisting of B1, B2, B3, B6 and others. The B Complex available as a dietary supplement is intended to fill a nutrient gap that some people develop from malnutrition. This is fine, however most people can eat their way to better B status. The concerns about B vitamin deficiency are frequently overlooked by the most caring practitioners. Remember, the mindset in today’s atrocious health care system is to medicate you, so you’re bound to get a drug for a symptom, even if that symptom stems from a nutrient deficiency! But that’s what you have me for, I have written articles for 20 something years to help you identify nutrient depletion and proper ways of restoration. Here are some signs and symptoms of B deficiency: Fatigue, anemia, diarrhea, hypothyroidism, burning mouth, nerve pain, memory issues, depression, vision/hearing difficulty, hair loss, confusion, agitation and numbness. Do you have a lot of those? One thing that leads to B vitamin deficiency is being a fussy eater. There’s a new case study about a boy who was so fussy about his food that all he ate was fries, white bread, potato chips, slices of ham and sometimes sausage. Perhaps you know a child or adult who has a limited diet? According to the case study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the teenager impacted his hearing and vision. So profound was his B12 deficiency,

injections of it could not save his sight. As adults, B deficiencies could be even more profound due to the oxidative oxidative damage that occurs from drinking alcohol, smoking and taking medicines which deplete B vitamins. Medications that are known to lower B vitamins include oral contraceptives, blood pressure pills, metformin, antibiotics and acid blockers. The first sign of B12 deficiency could be apparent in the potty. I’m referring to diarrhea or loose stools. If you suddenly have this problem, and it’s not related to food poisoning or antibiotic use, then consider a B vitamin deficiency. A balanced diet will give you the full range of B vitamins, so don’t worry if you eat eggs, vegetables, salad, fruits, chicken, seafood, red meat, dairy and nuts. If you have a limited diet for some reason, and you decide to supplement, buy a B complex that offers the B nutrients in their body-ready, biologically active form. For example, “methylfolate,” not folic acid, and “pyridoxal phosphate,” not pyridoxine. Most people don’t realize that some of the most important B vitamins are manufactured in the GI tract by our own microflora (probiotics help restore healthy microflora). So a deficiency in biotin, B12 and other B’s could indicate that you’ve stripped your gut of healthy probiotics. This contributes to the diarrhea, or for some, constipation alternating with diarrhea. If you have pins/needles or neuropathy, or you take the medication metformin, then B vitamins are essential for you.


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AROUND THE JERSEY SHORE Children’s Art Programs Coming to Island Heights Library ISLAND HEIGHTS – The Island Heights branch of the Ocean County Library will host “Peto’s Palette Pals,” a series of children’s art programs in partnership with the John F. Peto Studio Museum. John F. Peto was a famous trompe l’oeil (“fool-the-eye”) artist who lived and worked in Island Heights. His home and studio is now a vibrant local museum. Each of the “Peto’s Palette Pals” events will focus on the style of a different artist. Events will take place on the following Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. • Oct. 12: Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner • Oct. 26: Thomas Cole • Nov. 9: NC Wyeth • Nov. 30: Henry Mercer • Dec. 14: Clementine Hunter • Dec. 28: Suzy Frelinghuysen and George

• L.K. Morris • Jan. 11: The Artists of the Florence Griswold Museum • Jan. 25: Daniel Chester French • Feb. 8: Alice Austen • Feb. 22: Donald Judd The branch is located at 121 Central Ave., Island Heights. This program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission and OceanFirst Foundation, and developed in collaboration with Historic Artist Homes & Studios, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Registration is required for these free events. To register, call the branch at 732270-6266 or visit theoceancountylibrary. org/events.

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AROUND THE JERSEY SHORE Vietnam Veteran Pursues Degree at OCC

TOMS RIVER — Frank Suter Jr., a veteran of the Vietnam War who served in the Navy from 1969 to 1973, is now a student at Ocean County College, where he is pursuing an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Computer Science. Suter chose OCC in large part because of the College’s on-campus resources. “OCC is a veteran-orientated school that provides many opportunities to its students,” he stated. Through OCC’s Veterans’ Services, vet-

eran- and military-affiliated students have access to advisement, advocacy, mentoring, on- and off-campus referral measures, peer-to-peer coaching and socializing, Veteran Affairs Transition Care Management availability, and events and opportunities designed specifically for the veteran and military services community. Stop by the Veterans’ Services Office on the second floor of the Larson Student Center – on OCC’s main campus on College Drive in Toms River – to learn more!

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TOMS RIVER – On Jan. 1, 2019, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River officially rebranded itself as Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River. But taking on the Encompass Health name was only the first step in the hospital’s mission to better serve the needs of its community. To support that mission, the hospital is rebuilding and upgrading its existing facilities, and adding additional wings.

Encompass Health Toms River is in the final stages of a four-phase process, which began in 2016, to update its hospital. The hospital has been actively refreshing each of its wings, with intentions of improving the experience and outcomes of the hospital’s patients. The hospital is on track to complete the refresh in March 2020. “Our purpose is to serve our community. We know we have the best team of experts and the best rehabilitation programs, but we wanted to give our patients access to the most beneficial

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AROUND THE JERSEY SHORE Officials: Keep An Eye On Your Child’s Vision Health

By Kimberly Bosco TOMS RIVER – New school year, new backpack, new clothes…new glasses? Ocean County Health Department officials are reminding parents to keep an eye on their children’s eye heath as we begin another school year. According to the Ocean County Health Department, over one in four students in the US suffer from undiagnosed vision problems. Vison problems in schools can affect academic performance when a child can’t properly see the blackboard, computer screen or book they’re reading. Studies show that approximately 80 percent of what a child learns in school is information through visual presentation, so healthy vision is imperative when it comes to concentration and engaging in lessons. “The Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) wants to remind parents about the importance of children’s eye health as we start to gear up for another school year,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “Early detection of vision problems can make all the difference for a child in the classroom.” Good news is that it is now state law mandates young students 6 and under, entering public schools or Head Start Programs, must receive a comprehensive eye exam. A comprehensive exam can provide a more defin-

Vendors Needed For County Trunk or Treat

OCEAN COUNTY – Vendors: you are invited to Ocean County Park’s Trunk or Treat on Saturday October 26. The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. but we would hope you could arrive between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. to set up your “trunk.” For those unfamiliar with Trunk or Treat events, various businesses decorate the trunk of a car and hand out candy to trick or treaters in the safety of a public space. Of course you are not limited to the trunk of a car; you can decorate a van or pickup truck bed as well. It is a great opportunity to advertise your organization or business. FREE of charge. You would be obligated to: arrive on time, stay for the entire event, decorate a vehicle and hand out candy to trick or treaters. Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated trunk. Usually we have 150 to 200 children. Call 732-506-5122 for more information.


itive assessment and appropriate treatment so children can start their learning journey with adequate vision skills. According to the American Optometric Association, a child’s vision can change frequently during the course of the school year. Parents should keep an eye out for the following symptoms: • Headaches from eye strain • Short attention span • Excessive blinking or eye rubbing • Poor hand-eye coordination • Difficulty remembering what was read • Covering one eye • Holding materials close to the face. “The goal is to educate parents about the critical relationship between vision and lear ning,” said Daniel Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator. “Students should not have to struggle getting through their studies due to a lack of undetected vision issues. As parents we look for so many health concerns but we can’t forget how important eye sight is to their academic success.” For more information or questions, visit the Ocean County Health Department website at

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January is the time to consider whether to appeal your residential real estate taxes. This article will address some of the most commonly asked questions about tax appeals. The most important thing to understand about real estate tax appeals is what you can and cannot appeal. Under New Jersey law, you can only appeal that the assessment for your property is in excess of the property’s fair market value. The assessment is the municipality’s determination as to the value of your property. This determination is sent to each taxpayer around February 1 of each year in the form of a post card identifying the property and the current assessment. It is equally important to know what you cannot appeal. You cannot appeal the following: (1) the amount of taxes which you have to pay; (2) whether you can afford to pay the taxes; (3) that another person is paying less taxes than you; and (4) that the assessment of another property is less than yours. Thus, the local County Tax Board can only hear appeals that the property’s assessment is greater than its fair market value. The municipal tax assessment is entitled to a presumption that it is correct. It is up to the taxpayer to prove that the assessment is excessive. To do this, the taxpayer must present evidence to the Tax Board as to the correct fair market value of the property. This evidence

should be in the form of sales of compara- Marc S. Galella Esq. ble properties which occurred on or before October 1 of the year prior to the filing of the appeal. Since most people do not know how to obtain comparable sales, it is best to hire a State licensed or certified real estate appraiser to prepare an appraisal showing the comparable sales. The appraisal must be filed with the Tax Board no later than one week prior to the tax appeal hearing date. The appraiser should also be at the hearing to present the appraisal. In most cases all tax appeals must be filed no later than April 1 of each year. However, the appeal deadline may be earlier or later. It is best to check with the town as to the filing deadline. The filing deadline is strictly enforced and the failure to file by the deadline will result in the appeal being dismissed. Taxpayers seeking to file appeals should begin the process as soon as they receive the assessment card from the tax assessor. Because the laws and procedures regarding tax appeals are complicated, it is a good idea to retain the services of an attorney to assist you in filing and pursuing the appeal. R. C. Shea and Associates has a long history of obtaining reductions in tax assessments for our clients.

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Prett y In Pink, Handsome In Blue Day Celebrates Lives of Those Affected by Cancer

TOMS RIVER – For the last 18 years, the Ocean County Health Department selects a day in October to recognize the strong individuals touched by cancer by asking residents to wear something pink or blue. This year, Pretty in Pink, Handsome in Blue Day is set for Wednesday, October 16, 2019. “What started out as Pretty in Pink Day to recognize those with breast cancer, evolved to include all the brave individuals that have fought or are fighting any form of cancer,” explains Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “Now we ask everyone to wear something pink or blue for the day to show your support.” The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2018, more than 53,000 New Jerseyans

would be diagnosed with cancer and more than 16,000 would die from the disease. It’s estimated that a total of 606,880 Americans will succumb to cancer in 2019. The most common type of cancer? Breast cancer tops the list with more than 270,000 people expected to be diagnosed in the United States this year. “Just about everyone has a relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker that has been diagnosed with some form of cancer,” says Daniel E. Regenye, OCHD Public Health Coordinator. “That’s why we ask our residents to participate in Pretty in Pink, Handsome in Blue Day to keep our thoughts on all those individuals that have been affected by this terrible disease.” Pretty in Pink, Handsome in Blue is also

about spreading awareness. The Ocean County Health Department, and its community partners, encourages individuals to discuss with their health care provider potential cancer risks such as family cancer history. Learn more about when, why and how you can be tested for cancer. The earlier the detection the better chance to cure the disease. Cancer can strike anyone at any time, but individuals can help themselves by trying to live a healthy lifestyle by eating right, exercising and not smoking. “It’s a disease that does not discriminate. But the good news is there have been major advances in a variety cancer treatments over the last several years and people are living longer, added Regenye.” And on October 16 we will salute all the people that have had to struggle

with cancer. Let them know you care by adding a little pink or blue to your wardrobe that day.” The Pretty in Pink Day, Handsome in Blue Day is sponsored by the Ocean County Health Department, Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Long Beach Island Health Department, Family Planning Center of Ocean County, Ocean Monmouth Health Alliance, Ocean County Library System and NJ CEED Program. To find out more about Pretty in Pink and Handsome in Blue Day, please visit the OCHD website at or follow us on Twitter@ OCpublichealth or on Facebook. Also, please check out our new website at, to access and learn more about our Public Health is You Too! campaign to help equip you to take simple steps to improve your health.

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KNEE PAIN? Grinding, popping, difficulty walking or going up and down the stairs, bone-on-bone pain… Does any of this sound familiar?

There’s no one single answer to all knee pain, especially when every person is different. The truth is, it is impossible to know what kind of treatment would be effective until your case is examined. Only then can medical professionals determine what would be best for you. People suffering from knee pain often try a number of potential solutions before finding relief. What works for one person may not work for another, and that’s where expert 5-star care and nearly 20 years of experience comes into play at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation. Knee pain patients are unique and suffer from a great deal of pain. They deserve and require practitioners who are invested in their case, who take the time to explain what’s causing the pain

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Knee Pain Solution: Combining Time-Tested Injections with New Technologies So many people who have been experiencing knee pain have sought out treatment before. Whether they tried a round of injections, painkillers, or saw a doctor and were told surgery is necessary, many people suffering from knee pain feel like they’ve tried everything. There have been many patients who have called Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation saying that they’ve exhausted all their options, but they may as well see if these therapies will help. They come in hopeless, and many end up having more success than ever before! So, what is it that makes this facility special? It’s bringing together all the individual working pieces to provide the well-rounded, all-encompassing treatment that delivers results. Patients can get multiple treatments all under one roof. Beyond that, the doctors at Monmouth Pain take the time to explain your condition and your treatment so that patients can understand what is going on. Why don’t you come see for yourself – call now to claim your FREE consultation ($245 value), available only to the first 17 callers. 732-345-1377 WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE LIKE? Acupuncture sessions take place in a relaxing setting. A Licensed Acupuncturist will insert tiny needles into incredibly precise points of the body, sending signals to the brain to release neurotransmitters that reduce feelings of pain. These tiny pricks that most patients can hardly feel are awakening your body’s innate ability to relieve pain –all while you get to sit back and relax. Osteoarthritis patients who receive acupuncture regularly may see noticeable improvements in levels of pain and functionality. Acupuncture is especially effective when combined with other treatment methods and may even improve the effects of physical therapy and other modalities.

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AROUND THE JERSEY SHORE Grunin Center Hosts The Legendary Graham Nash TOMS RIVER — The Grammy Award-winning, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Graham Nash visits the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, for “An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories with Graham Nash.” The Grunin Center is located on the main campus of Ocean County College, on College Drive in Toms River. Towering above virtually everything Graham Nash has accomplished in his multi-faceted career stands the litany of songs that constitute his remarkable body of work, including his contributions to the Hollies through “This Path Tonight” (2016), his most recent solo album. The original union of Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) lasted but 20 months. Yet their songs are embedded in our DNA, beginning with Nash’s “Marrakesh Express” and “Lady of the Island,” from the first Crosby, Stills & Nash LP (1969), as well as “Teach Your Children” and “Our House,” from CSNY’s 1970 album “Déjà Vu.” Nash’s solo career debuted with “Songs For Beginners” (1971), which included “Chicago/We Can Change the World” and “Military Madness.” In addition to his solo albums, he has performed and recorded with David Crosby. Their eponymously titled “Graham Nash/David Crosby” (1972) is bookended by Nash’s “Southbound Train” and “Immigration Man.” Tickets $66–$86 [Grunin Presents sub-

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180 Seeks Volunteer Victim Advocates for Domestic Violence Response Teams

You can be the change you want to see in the world by joining 180’s life-changing mission today. 180 Turning Lives Around (180), a private non-profit organization in Monmouth County, continues to provide confidential support and advocacy to victims of domestic

violence in the aftermath of a highly emotional and traumatic experience with the assistance of its dedicated response team volunteers at police headquarters throughout Monmouth County. 180 will be conducting a 40-hour mandatory training course for new Domestic Violence

Response Team (DVRT) Victim Advocates, October 1 – 24, Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6-9:30 p.m., at Ocean Township Police Headquarters, 399 Monmouth Road in Ocean Township. Training will be provided for free to successful applicants.

180’s volunteer DVRT Advocates are civilian members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide support, information, and resources to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. Advocates also discuss with victims safety planning and their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. By providing empathy and a crucial perspective of the situation, these specially-trained advocates help to empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that they must be eighteen years of age or older, have access to reliable transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process, submit to background investigations and fingerprinting, and successfully complete the mandatory training. The police departments and 180 are committed to culturally and socially diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous. For an application or additional information, please contact Sue Levine, Victim Support Program Coordinator, at or 732-264-4360, Ext. 4271. Please mention the town where you reside. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 20th. Applications are also available for download give-help/volunteering/domestic-violence-response-team-advocate/. The free, confidential service of the DVRT program is available for victims of domestic violence, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, at the police departments in Monmouth County. For forty-three years, 180 Turning Lives Around has been dedicated to providing emergency safe housing, counseling, support, prevention, education, and advocacy in Monmouth County for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. If you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, please call the 180 Turning Lives Around 24/7 Confidential Hotline at 732-264-4111 or 888-843-9262. Visit for more information. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Fire Dept. Warns Against Scam Calls

TOMS RIVER – The Toms River Fire Co. 1 is warning residents to be wary of phone calls from a group stating they represent the “area volunteer fire department” asking for donation. Toms River Fire Company 1 does not solicit donation via the phone calls from second party groups. We only ask for donations through mail out letters with self-addressed envelopes or in person at fund raising events. If you should have any question about a group that has called you asking for a donation for any of the Toms River Companies, please feel free to call your local fire house to ensure that any donation requests are real and they get to the proper organization.

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Omarr’s Astrological Forecast For the week of oct 12 - OCt 18 By Jeraldine Saunders

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In the week to come you should guard against misunderstandings with someone in close connection. You may grow closer to a loved one and have opportunities for romantic togetherness but may differ over certain understandings. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): In the week ahead, group outings to shop or accomplish other things may cause you to get sidetracked and frustrated. If you want or need to get things done quickly, go it alone. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You are an independent thinker who can develop ideas that are way outside the box. Your judgement is better than usual in the beginning of the week, when your bright ideas and tolerant attitude quickly put others at ease. CANCER (June 21-July 22): You naturally want to please everyone, but you should remember that just isn’t possible. Other peoples’ agendas may not be immediately obvious and might try your patience. You can choose not to take on other peoples’ issues. Go with the flow. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Your ability to keep records and be discreet could be tested during the next several days. Don’t begin a new project until the middle of the week when you have double-checked your calculations and are better prepared. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A little organization goes a long way. Write down all your daily, weekly and monthly goals to avoid being sidetracked by fantasies and wishful thinking. You can make your dreams come true if you are careful about timing.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You may be challenged to demonstrate responsibility to your partners as the week starts out. By the end of the week you won’t feel quite as pressured to bow to the rules and can make better decisions and choices. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You may be filled with romantic notions in the week ahead, but your busy schedule or frequent interruptions might not allow you the chance to snuggle up with a loving partner. Give it time. This too shall pass. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Someone’s advice can be extremely helpful. You are wise enough to wait for fully developed opportunities. You may see a need to spend conservatively in the week ahead in order to fulfill a dream or reach a goal. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may envision a dream so inspiring that you feel the need to act on it immediately. Bide your time, exercise patience and don’t initiate anything until later in the week for better results. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may have a pocketful of practical ideas about how to best use your money in the week ahead; a partner might have other ideas. Work to find a good compromise, which could mean giving in a little. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): What you plan may not exactly resemble what actually happens. The week ahead may be peaceful and serene, but you might notice that other people are not as pleasant as expected. Navigate speed bumps and obstacles with good grace.


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wolfgang puck’s kitchen Mashed Sweet Potatoes With A Little Spice And Zest By Wolfgang Puck

the puree to a perfect consistency.

Who wants mashed potatoes? I can imagine hands and voices happily raised in response to that question, whether it’s asked around a family table, at a casual diner, or in the finest restaurant.

Of course, if you’re not watching your fat intake that much, you can also stir in some butter at the last minute, suggested here as option. It’s a small indulgence for a side dish that still feels wonderfully healthy.

My sons and I love mashed potatoes (or potato puree, as I was trained to call it during my early years as a chef). Whenever we put them on the menu in Spago or my other restaurants, the number of people who order a dish just because mashed potatoes are part of it may surprise you - or maybe not, if you’re among their legions of fans.


Mashed potatoes are one of the world’s all-time great comfort foods: earthy, creamy, soothing, satisfying. They also become a sort of blank canvas for culinary artistry, welcoming all sorts of seasonings and embellishments, from garlic to chilies, broth to butter and cream, cheeses to bacon or ham - not to mention other root vegetables to make a literal mash-up. It’s when you get into those rich additions, though, that mashed potatoes also become a guilty pleasure. Many people these days are limiting their intake of carbohydrates and others don’t want to pile on fat-rich ingredients. That’s why I’d like to offer you an alternative mashed potato recipe - my Roasted Spiced Sweet Potato Puree with Orange Zest. Not only can sweet potatoes provide big flavor without added richness, but they also offer a little more dietary fiber than regular white potatoes. And they have a lower glycemic index, meaning that the body metabolizes them more slowly, helping to keep blood glucose levels lower. The mellow sweetness of sweet potatoes also makes them ideal for your menus with autumn approaching. Not only do they bring a touch of fall color to your table, but they also go so well with all sorts of seasonal main dishes, from roast turkey or ham to pork chops or lamb. They’re wonderful with beef, chicken, and fish, too. Not to mention the pleasures of including them as part of a vegetarian or vegan meal. So, how do you maximize their flavor without adding lots of butter or cream? It’s simple. I love to roast them, a process that concentrates their flavor, instead of boiling or steaming them. Doing the cooking with a little broth in a covered roasting pan helps keep them moist, providing all the liquid you’ll need to bring

3 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cut crosswise into rounds 1/2 inch (12 mm) thick 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1-inch (2.5-cm) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into 4 pieces 1 whole cinnamon stick 1 cup (250-ml) good-quality low-sodium chicken stock or vegetable stock Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Finely grated zest of 1 orange 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional) 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C). Set the rack in the middle of the oven. Put the sweet potatoes in a mixing bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss them until evenly coated. Spread the sweet potatoes in a roasting pan. Evenly scatter the ginger and cinnamon pieces among the potatoes. Pour in the stock. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the pan with aluminum foil. Place the covered roasting pan in the oven. Roast the sweet potatoes until they are tender enough to be pierced easily with a fork, about 45 minutes, very carefully opening a corner of the foil away from you to avoid the steam. When the sweet potatoes are done, remove the pan from the oven and set it aside on the stovetop for about five minutes. Carefully remove the foil. Pick out and discard the pieces of ginger and cinnamon stick. While the potatoes are still hot, use a potato masher to mash the potatoes until they are as chunky or smooth as you like. Sprinkle in the orange zest and stir well. If you’d prefer a richer flavor, add butter to taste, stirring to incorporate it as it melts. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed with a little more salt and pepper. Transfer the mashed sweet potatoes to a heated serving bowl or individual serving plates. Garnish with chives and serve immediately.

(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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