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Ocean County Mississippi Mayors, Congressman Offer

Prince Harry Recovery Support to Local Mayors Visits The Jersey Shore

by Kathleen Koch & Phil Stilton Governornor Chris Christie and Prince Harry of Wales walk the Seaside Heights boardwalk together May 14th.

SEASIDE HEIGHTS-What do three Democrats from the “Deep South” have in common with a Republican mayor from the Jersey Shore? They all know what it’s like to have a hurricane devastate their communities, and on Friday, May 17th, they all came together in here. Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers hosted the delegation from Mississippi who came to meet with local mayors and officials and discuss the long term effects of Hurricane Katrina on their cities, including former United States Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), Mayor Brent Warr (D-Gulfport,

Miss.) and Mayor Eddie Favre (D-Bay St. Louis, Miss.). All were elected officials when Hurricane Katrina struck their state in 2005. Rep. Taylor, who lost his home in that Category 3 storm, tried to introduce legislation to reform the insurance industry to give homeowners more security after national disasters, but his bill never made it to the Senate floor for vote. The divide was between congressmen who represented coastal communities and those who did not. With Taylor’s 2010 election loss, supporters of reform were certain the legislation would die without his support, and it did. Today, New Jersey towns face the same insurance and Feder-

al Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) problems his state was confronted with eight years earlier. Seven weeks before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, Mayor Warr was elected by a majority of the 68,000 residents in Gulfport, the second largest city in Mississippi. At the time, none of them knew that he would spend the next four years overseeing their aid and recovery. In 2006, the mayor received the Urban Leadership Award from the Penn Institute for Urban Research for his “outstanding work on rebuilding and responding to disaster.” Mayor Favre served as mayor of Bay St. Louis for 20 years, from 1989 - 2009, with his last four also spent overseeing the rebuilding of the town of approximately 9,000. Though its downtown is the highest point in the United States on the Gulf of Mexico, 75 percent of the homes and businesses were heavily damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. By 2010, Bay St. Louis recovered so well that in 2010 Coastal Living named it one of the top ten small beach towns

in America and this past April it placed #3 in Budget Travel’s “Coolest Small Towns in America.” “It was simply amazing meeting these gentleman and talking to them about the strides in technology made since their disaster,” Mayor Akers said. “I thank them for coming and it was a great thing to be a part of.” Prior to their tour, the delegation spoke to the mayor about what may be in store in the borough’s future as the community continues to rebuild. For that story and more, check back with the next issue of the Ocean Signal, arriving June 7th.

Casino Pier owner Vincent Storino walks on the pier with Governor Chris Christie and Prince Harry.

Police Unity Tour Rode for Those Who Died Governor Christie points to a stuffed animal toy on the midway of the Casino Pier in Seaside Heights.

MANTOLOKING--The Police Unity tour rode through the battered Jersey Shore, passing through Ocean County via Route 35 from Point Pleasant to Seaside Heights. The tour is a yearly event in which police officers from New Jersey and surrounding areas ride from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., to the National Police Memorial. Along the way, the group stops in different towns for ceremonies in honor of fallen officers.

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From Left to Right: Vincent Storino, Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd and Governor Chris Christie walk past the Casino Pier Arcade on their way to meet local municipal leaders and elected officials.


Police Unity Tour arriving in Washington, D.C. with RFK Stadium in background. Photo by Patrick Mackin.

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Governor Visits Ocean County with NBC Anchor Brian Williams by Phil Stilton

SEASIDE HEIGHTS – In an unannounced visit here, Governor Chris Christie sat down on May 7th with NBC anchorman Brian Williams to talk about his ordeal as the Governor of a hurricane ravaged state. The interview, recorded for Mr. Williams’ Rock Center variety news program, was conducted outside the Beachcomber Bar & Grill on the boardwalk, one of many businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy last October. When aired on television the following week, much of the start of the nearly 11-minute segment instead revolved around laparoscopic gastric band surgery the governor had in February. The program

host began the segment telling viewers he and NBC had planned to interview the governor for many months about the conditions of the hurricane ravaged state in which he presides, but the topic was quickly changed to the pop tabloid topic of the week. After the interview, Gov. Christie and Mr. Williams strolled down the borough’s newly rebuilt boardwalk from the Beachcomber north to the Casino Pier. It was the governor’s first walk here since November 16th, when he toured the tattered and broken boardwalk from the northern end to the municipal parking lot adjacent the Sawmill Restaurant & Tavern and mostly destroyed Funtown Amusement Pier in Seaside Park for a press con-

ference on the rebuilding effort to date. This time, the pair stopped to talk to stand and shop owners along the way. At the Casino Pier, they and the television crew then boarded

four wheel drive vehicles and traveled farther north up the beachfront northwards toward Ortley Beach and Mantoloking for continued taping. Numerous requests for further comment on the recent reconstruction progress of Ocean County towns were not responded to by the governor’s press office at press time.

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Central Regional is Alma Mater to Seven County Police Chiefs by Erik Weber BERKELEY TOWNSHIP - It may have been several decades since they put down their social studies notebooks and picked up their badges, but for five of the seven current police chiefs serving in Ocean County, coming back to the halls of Central Regional High School here to reminisce about their early years in front of the cameras of contemporary television students was a bit like coming home again. The five - Toms River Chief Michael G. Mastronardy, Class of 1971; Tuckerton Chief Michael Caputo, Class of 1976; Ocean Gate Chief Reece J. Fisher, Class of 1985; Pine Beach Chief John M. Sgro, Class of 1987; and Berkeley Chief Karin T. DiMichele, nee Kane, Class of 1989 - arrived one by one to the parking lot of the school, once just a grass field when they all had attended, and entered a main entrance facing Forest Hills Parkway that was built years after they graduated. After photo opportunities and initial video interviews conducted by student Avery Jackson in another newer hallway honoring successful alumni, the five walked through an older part of the school - trading old stories as they passed the rows of lockers - and entered the current location of the student television studio, which once held Industrial Arts classes. The two other Central Regional graduates currently serving as police chiefs - Seaside Heights Chief Thomas

Boyd and Seaside Park Chief Francis Larkin - were unable to attend. Lt. Kevin C. Arnold, head of the Island Heights Police Department but not yet formally promoted to chief, is also an alumni. Settling into a row of chairs before bright lights and a group of digital videocameras, the five opened up to student and host Angela Roberts for the station’s Community Spotlight program about their reaction to the changes


Ocean County 1933

Life and times of Ocean County in mid-May 1933 as compiled from sources within the Toms River Library’s Wheeler Room.


around the school, how they learned they had all graduated from the same school, what they remembered most about their time here, and what they could offer as advice for contemporary students. “So, pulling up into the parking lot and walking through those same hallways again, what felt different?” asked Ms. Roberts. “What has changed since how you remember it?” “Everything - all the classrooms have changed, the gym, the additions,” said Chief DiMichele. “There’s so many improvements to the school since we’ve been here.” “Being the eldest member here, I will have ot say that when I was at Central Regional, it was a little bit different - we had Lakehurst Borough [as] a sending district, we had Lacey Township,” said Chief Mastronardy. “We were like the southern end of the county almost, and everyone knew

each other. It was a close-knit community and I still feel those same vibes today.” “I’ve been back several times, you know, for football games, wrestling matches, and whatnot,” said Chief Caputo. “Obviously the outside of the building is different, [but] once you turn the corner going down the hall to get here, it was like going back in time and all those good memories filter back in.” “Going back in time and all

of these great memories you guys keep bringing up, what are some of your favorite memories from Central, and have any really prepared you for the achievements you have made?” asked Ms. Roberts. “I think basketball was one of my main achievements here at Central and because, and I remember walking into the gym and Mr. Kelly, who was the basketball coach, running over to me saying, ‘You’re playing basketball,’” said Chief DiMichele, who later joined the school’s 1,000 point club in the sport. “I didn’t play until I hit my freshman year and he recruited me, and because of that I was able to go to college on a full scholarship, it opened a lot of doors and I think it’s one of the reasons that I’m here today.” “I think playing sports, being involved in sports—baseball and football—teach you leadership skills and teamwork, and that’s a skill set that’s very important as you move on from Central and through life,” said Chief Fisher. “The school really prepared me in a lot of ways for life,” stated Chief Sgro. “It was a little different; back then there were a lot of industrial arts taught here. I don’t know how many of those programs still exist, but I was into a lot of the shops. I did the metal shop, wood shop – my classroom in here taught household and commercial electricity, I learned how to wire houses and stuff. Things that I still use to this day. There were college prep type courses that they offered and the industrial arts too. That’s something, the industrial, the automotive arts, I took a lot of that in from here and I use a lot of that stuff in my everyday life.” “Central Regional had a very positive impact on me - we were the first class to start and finish on split sessions, [and] our class was very close and still is very close,” said Chief

Caputo. “Playing sports, my wrestling coaches taught me a lot about loyalty and dedication, and I think that jumped over into the career I’m in now, and I’ve gotta say I’ve never had a bad experience in this building.” “So considering the changes but the things you feel still are the same and always will be, what advice would you give to Central’s youth today?” asked Ms. Roberts. “I think high school’s a time for opportunities, and you never know what opportunities are going to open the next door, so if you’re given a chance to do something different, I suggest that you take the chance and try it,” said Chief DiMichele. “I think when you’re in the school it’s easy enough to apply yourself and when you look back I don’t think there’s anybody sitting before you who wouldn’t want to go back and try a little harder, give that little extra effort and I’ll be the first one to admit to that,” said Chief Mastronardy. “I was a fairly good student and did well in sports; had the opportunity to work under and learn teamwork – you asked me about law enforcement, so much of law enforcement and public safety is about teamwork, and if you participate like all of us did in sports under Coach Boyd and Golembeski and Kunzman, those people gave us the foundation and teamwork that we still use today.” “Being a student here, it’s important to have a good time, relax a little, do your work and be a hard worker. But think about what you want to do in the future, and if you don’t know then just let life and time bring those ideas to you but like what you do,” Chief Fisher said. “You work harder at things that you like to do and that you enjoy to do, and take what skills you’ve learned here through friendships, teachers and sports and bring those skills forward with you and when you do enter into a field that you enjoy doing, if you stick with it long enough and you work hard, you’ll do very well.” “I would suggest don’t take your time here for granted, this is a great time in your life, being in high school,” stated Chief Sgro. “Sometimes it seems that it drags on but it’s going to go by very quick and before you know it you’re going to be entering the workforce. Pay attention in school, work hard and apply yourself and you could basically be whatever you want.” “Education is everything,” agreed Chief Caputo. “My advice to the students here today are to buckle down, study hard and just basically have a good time and cherish the moments that you’re here and you’ll remember them the rest of your life.”

Jewish Americans across the eastern United States, including New York City and various parts of Ocean and Monmouth counties, marched to protest the Nazi party and its anti-Jewish laws and actions in Germany on the same date that that government publicly burned books that were “un-German,” May 10th... circulation in the Ocean County library system reported high circulation for a single month in March, with a total of 7,182 adult and juvenile books both fiction and non-fiction passing through county residents’ hands in the same period. The highest single-month circulation recorded was October 1932, with 7,256... John D. Rockefeller was expected to return to his Lakewood estate following a period spent in Florida, after which he would continue to Tarrytown, New York for the summer... Mrs. Leona Hulting, widow of Louis Hulting, Jr., who was lost with the crash of the U.S.S. Akron, left the area to live with her late husband’s parents in Peoria, Illinois... David Matthews, known locally as “Uncle Dave,” died at the age of 94 as Lakewood’s last surviving Civil War veteran on Sunday, May 14th. A lifelong resident of that township, he had lost a leg in that war. Following funeral services, he was laid to rest in Hope Chapel and given a military funeral by the Lakewood Post of the American Legion...


More than 2,000 stamp collectors from states as far away as Oregon wrote the Lakewood Stamp Society to request the memorial cachet commemorating the loss of the U.S.S. Akron as designed and produced by that club for Memorial Day. The design, which was made by 18-year-old art student Edward “Ted” Bedell of Dewey Avenue, Lakewood, shows the Akron in flight with storm clouds gathering behind her. On one side is the J-3, the blimp that crashed while searching for survivors of the larger airship. Above the two is a streamer bearing in the center the words “In Memoriam” and at the sides the words, “To the lives lost in the Akron disaster.” Above the streamer is the goddess of liberty holding the torch of peace. The letters bearing the cachet were to be mailed from Lakehurst on Memorial Day. In 1936, Mr. Bedell designed another cachet for the Hindenburg, but he was later killed in action in World War II... retailers county-wide stated opposition for a federal sales tax plan in a meeting held at the courthouse on Wash-

ington Street in Toms River on May 18th. Petitions then circulated across the region with most retailers signing them, and it was determined to submit them to Governor A. Harry Moore...


Members of the Ocean County Historical Pilgrimage, consisting teachers who collected and compiled historical data on this county, met at Toms River for a daytrip that followed this itinerary: Birdville and the site of the Morman settlement, both in South Toms River; Pine Beach; River Bank in Berkeley Township; Ocean Gate; the AT&T ship to shore station on Good Luck Point, Berkeley Township; Meadow Road and Pinewald, also Berkeley Township, where they visited the Royal Pines Hotel; and on to Barnegat and various points south...


Secretary of the Navy Claude A. Swanson ordered Naval Air Station Lakehurst to be reduced to reserve status following the crash of the U.S.S. Akron in early April and doubted that its sister ship, the U.S.S. Macon, would be stationed here as many local officials had urged. Reports of the era stated that the move would “practically close” the base... Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Richard E. Deal, one of the three survivors of the Akron crash, requested and was granted an honorable discharge from the Navy. Mr. Deal lived on Fourth Street in Lakewood... a committee that traveled to Washington, D.C. to urge for the naval base to remain open returned home and filed findings that it would be possible for its continuance but that the Macon airship would better serve naval operations with the Pacific Fleet... unemployed men in Lakewood were hired to eradicate mosquito breeding spots in that township by the government... Representatives from the Ocean County Health Association planned to mark the birthday of Florence Nightingale and National Hospital Day on May 12th by attending the Workers’ Conference of the New Jersey Tuberculosis League at the Berkeley-Carteret Hotel in Asbury Park... dirigible expert Capt. Anton Heinen, of Toms River, stated he felt improper handling, not faulty construction, was the direct cause of the crash of the U.S.S. Akron in the ocean off Barnegat the previous month, adding that, according to the New Jersey Courier’s report, “storms travel in circles, and that officers and men of dirigibles are taught how the big ships behave in various currents. He stated that the officers of the Akron should have known enough to drive away from, instead of into, the storm.”...

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Toms River Mayor Kelaher Thanks Volunteers Helping His Community Post-Sandy

Toms River 1933 Life and times of Dover Township in mid-May 1933 as compiled from sources within the Toms River Library’s Wheeler Room.


The following was submitted by Mayor Thomas Kelaher and is published unedited per our letters policy. Despite the devastation and heartache of Sandy, one bright spot was the response from so many groups of volunteers. These volunteers were not just local organizations, but were from all around the country. While Toms River Township is capable of emergency response in many situations, no local government along the Jersey Shore has the assets to handle all of the storm related problems. The immediate problem was providing shelter and food for all of the thousands of residents displaced by the storm. I initially called upon the members of the Greater Toms River Clergy Association for help. All of these pastors had access to church halls and congregations that were available to pitch in and help. Help included preparing meals, providing shelter, accepting and distributing all types of donations, such as food, clothing, water and cleaning supplies, to name a few. One of the amazing volunteer groups was an organization started by Reverend Billy Graham known as Samaritan’s Purse headquartered in Ashville, North Carolina. This organization is now under the direction of Dr. Graham’s son, Franklin. Samaritan’s Purse arrived with hundreds of volunteer workers from around the country who immediately went to work helping clean out flood damaged homes. (Toms River had approx 10,000 homes impacted by flood water and structural damage) This organization has responded to a number of crisis situation around the world including the earthquake in Haiti, the Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and tornado ravished Joplin, Mis-

souri. Samaritan’s Purse has now subsidized a group of volunteers who are skilled in building trades who are now working at restoring homes around town. The efforts of Samaritan’s Purse were facilitated by the congregation of the Church of Grace and Peace which provided lodging and meals on a daily basis and continue to do so. From the outset, the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation provided retail property on Fischer Blvd. in the Bellcrest Mall that immediately allowed us to provide space for a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center(DRC), a police substation, a bus station to transport residents to the barrier island and also a store to distribute all types of donated items. The store was run by the teachers of the Toms River School System and is now relocated to the Dollar Mall on Fischer

available and provided food and shelter and especially a memorable Thanksgiving Dinner. Offers of help continue to come in and we now have the help of Jersey Cares at the Fischer Blvd People’s Pantry, who are coordinating the arrival of various groups and volunteers, and matching each group with projects that need to be addressed. As recently as two weeks ago a busload of 43 midshipmen from the United State Naval Academy at Annapolis spent days helping to clean up while billeting by the United State Army at Fort Dix. In addition to the above efforts, the Hometown Heroes assumed the very important and necessary job of distribution of thousands of dollars from many sources such as the Robin Hood Foundation to needy residents. While highlighting all of the

Cassandra Vitale of the Ortley Beach Bucket Brigade assigns work orders to groups of cadets assisting with the cleanup operations there. Erik Weber / Ocean Signal Blvd. run by a partnership of entities. Cleaning gear was in high demand to aid in the restoration effort and thanks to an 18 wheeler load of $28,000 worth of cleaning equipment from Home Depot, we were able to store this material at the Ocean County Baptist Church on Old Freehold Road, and distributed throughout the affected area. American Legion Post 129 made their Church Road Hall

above, I do not want to ignore the heroic efforts of our own first responders, who on the night of the storm rescued 542 residents without a single casualty. Other groups, too numerous to mention, also provided wonderful support to Toms River and will always be grateful. As time goes on, I would continue to urge you to monitor our township web page at

Prior to their departure, the Naval Avademy Midshipmen were treated to a dinner by Toms River resident and retired U.S. Airforce Brigadier General Robert Paschon at the Toms River Country Club. General Paschon and Mayor Thomas Kelaher thanked the cadets for their service in the Toms River community and for their future service as officers in the Navy and Marine Corps. Courtesy Robert DiBiase


Members of the George P. Vanderveer American Legion Post announced plans to join Memorial Day exercises on Long Beach Island in memory of the recent naval losses on the U.S.S. Akron airship and J-3 blimp that crashed during rescue efforts of the same. It was expected the U.S.S. Saratoga aircraft carrier would also participate in the memorial offshore... Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Campbell, of Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, moved from the Sculthorpe house on Hooper Avenue to their home on North Main Street. The Sculthorpe house was moved from its location in the early 1970s and is today the Ocean County Historical Society on Hadley Avenue. County offices now stand on its former site... Daniel “Mac” Crabbe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Crabbe of Washington Street, announced his date to be married on May 25th to Miss Harriet White, at her home in Villanova... Richard Clement, who later would go on to become chief of police for this township from 1967 to 1979, was in 1933 a young Pleasant Plains resident when he traveled with his parents, Curt and Orabell, to visit relatives in Jersey City... Toms River Vol. Fire Company No. 1 planned to hold a benefit show at the Traco Theatre featuring a motion picture starring Jack Holt and a blackface minstrel... Mr. and Mrs. John J. Ewart of Dayton Avenue had a tulip garden with approximately 400 blossoms... John A. Thompson, the 65-yearold secretary and treasurer of the Ocean County Trust Company, passed away on May 6th at St. Mary’s Hospital in Philadelphia following several operations to restore his health from unknown illnesses. Arriving to Toms River in the 1890s from Cranbury, he worked for a long time at the Fred Lipschuetz store, which by 1933 was known as Levins, before joining the trust company in 1914, where he also became director. He was survived by Miss Hannah Johnson of this township. They did not have any children... The George P. Vanderveer Post of the American Legion announced their auxiliary would sell poppies on Poppy Day - May 20th... blooming lilacs and huckleberries, occasional showers, royal purple wisteria, a full moon, gasoline price wars, multicolored oak woods and “swamp maple [flaunting] their seed bannerettes in all shades of red, pink and terra cotta [while] the raw east winds bring out wraps and overcoats and start the home fires burning again” were all recorded at the middle of this spring season in 1933... members of the Moose Lodge on Main Street donated groceries to the township relief director to aid needy families here following a big card party fundraiser that purchased them... Mr. and Mrs. Curley, owners of the confectionary store on Main and Washington streets, moved into their new home in Cranmoor Manor... Mr. and Mrs. Heinel of Atlantic City moved into the Ed Schwarz house on Main Street as Mr. Heinel was to take on the role of

manager of the recently constructed Sun Oil Co. platform near the Seaside bridge in place of Glyndon H. Drough, who died three weeks earlier from an appendicitis operation... some late May observations, courtesy the New Jersey Courier, included “apple blossoms about gone. Trees grow leafy and green. No forest fires hereabouts in two weeks. Vegetation has been held back by cold nights. How the foliage cuts down the views we had all winter. Swamps are still vari-colored, in many, many shades and tints. Typical May weather, east winds and rains - and now and then a peach of a day.”... Bartine Clayton of Silverton was putting the final touches on his bank skiff at his home... the Boy Scouts of Toms River sought a meeting place of their own, and the scout commissioners planned to get a site and let the boys built themselves a log cabin... the Pleasant Plains Volunteer Fire Company was called out to extinguish a fire in the woods by the home of Arthur Worth and near the railroad that was started by careless campers... three-time elected township tax collector and former committeeman, Oren E. Payne, died at the age of 65 following a long illness. Born in Chautauqua County, New York, Mr. Payne followed several interests in his lifetime, including studying art and pursuing wealth in the Klondike gold rush in Alaska before meeting and marrying Miss Eva I. Grant of Toms River, where he relocated. At one time he owned a confectionary and ice cream store at the northeast corner of Main and Washington streets, but was also in the real estate business, specializing in small farms, and often promoted his adopted hometown and volunteered to move it forward through the management of local baseball clubs; starting carnivals, bicycle races and other events; and in the years prior to his death being the president and head of the Dahlia Society of Ocean County, organizing many flower shows. In earlier years when motion pictures were still in their infancy, he was also a member of the Star Dramatic Company, a stock company of Toms River amateur actors...


Renovations began in the downtown building formerly occupied by the Toms River Trust Company, now defunct, for Jersey Central Power & Light, who leased the space... Jacob Wexler was awarded a contract to build five new homes on a five-acre tract on the former Henry Irons farm on Freehold Road in the Pleasant Plains section of the township for Joseph Wagner of Brooklyn... Attorney Ira F. Smith moved his law office from the Toms River Supply Company building to the post office building, both on Main Street... the Hecht Brothers, of the White Oak section of the township, purchased a new truck to increase the efficiency of their business... seven building permits were granted at the early May meeting of the Dover Township committee, including one to Alfred Doremus of Garfield for a bungalow in Silverton; Fred J. Marra for a garage in that same place; Ernest Applegate for a small outbuilding at the east side of Main Street at James Street; Helen Trainor for a road stand on the east side of Lakewood Road; E.D. Pierson of North Lavallette

for an addition to a cottage on Bryn Mawr Road; and bungalows for John Glennon and Margaret Fleming, both of Gilford Park, by contractors Asay and Johnson... approximately 200 homes were then recorded in the Gilford Park section... Allen’s Wild West show and circus was scheduled to return to town at the corner of Locust and King streets on May 17th... A.J. Irons opened his bakery in the Mrs. Gruler building downtown... the Foley Bros. opened a dairy story in the Marion Inn on Water Street near Main Street, representing Garden State Dairies... Washington Street, which in 1933 was considered to extend in name from the point where it ends today at Keats Avenue at Route 37 to the bridge at the bay shore. It was in this area south of Washington Street (today Route 37) that a new development was being laid out by the H.J. Miller Realty Company out of a log cabin office on the corner of that roadway and Fischer Boulevard... Oscar Downs and his son of Lakehurst rented the garage on the west side of Hyers Street, near Legion Court and opposite the school, and planned to open a Ford agency there in mid-May. Today Downs Ford is a well-known regional car dealer that has been in operation over 80 years, having begun as Lakehurst Motors in 1930... Dr. Jules Bierach moved his offices into the house at the northwest corner of Main and Lein streets. The New Jersey Courier noted that “doctors and dentists seem to like that section of Main street. There are five doctors, two eye specialists, five dentists, all in three blocks.”... an unknown “miscreant” slashed the covers of seat cushions to several seats in the Traco Theatre, prompting Manager I.M. Hirshblond to offer a reward for information leading to their capture...


Toms River Yacht Club Commodore Edward Crabbe announced that his flagship yacht, the schooner Shellback, would enter the Gibson Island race that summer with a crew that included his son... Commodore Crabbe and Bob Snyder, also from the yacht club, took their two 11foot mothboats to Manhasset Bay for races there...


Mr. Plank, biology teacher at the high school, organized a new ball team with interschool games to be played about every other day... plans were underway to hold the junior prom, with committee chairmen including Clifford Reid, decorations; Norma Bottler, invitations; Peggy Bierach, entertainment; Marie Hausherr, hostess; Margaret Forrester, refreshments and Jack Schrader on cleanup committee... the 1933-34 editor of the Cedar Chest, a bi-monthly digest that precluded the annual high school yearbook and newspaper but contained elements of each, here, was announced to be Melbourne Carriker, of Beachwood, son of the internationally famous ornithologist. Principal N.S. Detweiler was faculty advisor... the 1933 graduating class of the high school broke a new record with 73 members; the previous year had only 46...


The Dover Township committee passed the municipality’s first zoning ordinance at first reading on Friday night, May 12th...

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Trevor Newman is New Disaster Recovery Ombudsman Brings Nearly 40 Years of Experience to the Table by Phil Stilton TOMS RIVER—Shortly after announcing the creation of a municipal position to help Toms River Township residents navigate through the difficult networks of red tape involved with disaster recovery, Mayor Thomas Kelaher announced that the township hired long time resident Trevor Newman for the job. Mr. Newman, 67, who has lived here for 40 years, started his job as Disaster Recovery Ombudsman on Monday, May 20th. Initially, he will meet with township officials and department heads to work out a plan on how the township can begin to offer assistance to those negatively impacted by Sandy who are struggling to understand Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) guidelines, insurance policies and to help them seek out available programs they may qualify for. The township ombudsman previously managed a major insurance company for 37 years. “When Katrina took place, most of the flood qualified people were sent to Louisiana,” he said, recalling his tenure at his previous employer. “What they failed to recognize there were flood damages in other places and nobody was going to those places.” Mr. Newman was tasked by his company to devise a

plan to branch out beyond Louisiana and help those affected in other states by the hurricane, handling over 1,600 claims between the latter part of 2005 through 2006. Citing that experience, he warned that there exists no quick solution to many of the problems residents here now face. “We have a long way to go as a town and there are an awful lot of people who don’t understand the programs, and that are where the problem lies people need to know the programs available and how to wade through the mass of documentation to get back on their feet,” the township ombudsman said. “Many people have expectations that their policies can’t meet and it’s because they didn’t understand the policies that they run into those problems, which isn’t unusual.” Part of the problem, Mr. Newman continued, is the complexity of the situation between insurance companies, FEMA and other programs designed to help people. It’s a problem Mayor Kelaher and the township are fully aware of. “We have a lot of residents who are overwhelmed with paperwork and the process involved in fixing up your home from Sandy,” he said. “The purpose of the ombudsman is to help residents work through the steps, and assist with insurance problems, FEMA

ORTLEY MEMORIES The Summer of ‘70

The following is a short essay on cherished past times on the shore, specifically in Ortley Beach, submitted by Island Heights resident Karen Jensen Kier. Ortley Beach was a magical place the summer of ’70 . . . Six girls, a rented summer cottage three houses from the beach, a wellworn path to and from the Surf Club . . . the things those made for TV movies are all about, or it could have been a romance novel written for lazy beach reading. I found love that summer, someone I had known, worked fleetingly with and who had stopped by Memorial Day weekend to see how the “girls” were doing on Coolidge Ave. He brought a friend with him (who reunited with one of the other girls), and then yet another

friend (who was to also find love with one of my friends). Our weekends spanned Friday night through Sunday night. We spent languid days on the beach (bathed in a mixture of baby oil and iodine) and memorable nights either all together at the house or at the incomparable Surf Club. Music was always playing (the Beatles, Three Dog Night, Chicago, the Carpenters), and laughter and friendship abounded. Sunday nights found us on the Seaside Boardwalk and a menagerie grew from the animals won at Sonny’s & Ricky’s stand. My love and I married the following May, the reunited pair eventually went their separate ways, and our mutual friends married the November after we did. This past summer we took dinner to share on the beach, careful to choose the exact spot where he and I would place our beach blanket

applications and grant programs.”Newman concurred. “It’s a complicated program on a good day; on a bad day it’s much worse,” he stated. “My hope is that I can clarify for people what they have and where they are going and help them make the necessary applications to get them on their feet.” One of the ways the township ombudsman hopes to help people is by helping them properly fill out the right paperwork and in the right order to ease some of the pains sometimes associated with the recovery process. He said that during the process, residents have to be aware of everything, including municipal building codes, the permit process and the application processes for various assistance programs. “You have to follow proper procedures to be successful,” he concluded. Recalling a bit of coincidence in how he found out about the open position, Mr. Newman said he was sitting at the Band Wagon Diner on Route 37 shortly after the announcement was made and was thumbing through the inaugural issue of the Ocean Signal when he read the article about the position. “I saw the article and read what the mayor was saying and thought, ‘That’s me,’” he stated. “So I sent him an email and my resume and some thoughts I had. The rest, as they say, is history.” each weekend. As we glanced up the street a gentleman came out of “the” house carrying a bucket and fishing rod, and then walked right past us on the beach. I couldn’t help but comment to him that that same house had been “our” summer house and it had been a wonderful time. He was pleasant, said that his parents had owned the house for quite a long time now and continued on his way. My heart bleeds for Ortley Beach and that spot in front of the summer house where my now husband first whispered that he loved me. It is covered in sand and the house is no longer standing. Sandy was there. Summers will come and summers will go, but our “spot” will always be there on the sand at the end of Coolidge Ave. The Carpenters will sing “We’ve Only Just Begun,” Sonny’s & Ricky’s will once more grace the Seaside Boardwalk . . . and the Surf Club will rise again.

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Barrier Island Jarrett’s Castle Reaching for the Record Books by Christa Riddle Photos by Robert Alberding POINT PLEASANT BEACH

- Summer memories at the shore often bud from the simplest pastimes enjoyed timelessly by generation after generation: collecting seashells along the water’s edge, eyes straining for that perfect piece of polished, blue sea glass; hopping along the boardwalk on sandy feet, soles burning from the sun-seared surface; cooling off with a frozen custard or Italian ice, the treat melting faster than it can be devoured; and building sand castles, mechanically filling bucket after bucket with sand and ocean water while on a mission to top the neighboring fortress. These days, these simple, universal memories are the most prized treasures as shore residents and vacationers look ahead to the first summer after Hurricane Sandy ripped apart beaches, boardwalks, homes, livelihoods, and lives. In the wake of difficult times and challenges, turning to the familiar often offers a sense of reassurance and comfort, a welcomed reprieve from the burdens of uncertainty and distress. For world-renowned sand sculptor and Maine resident Ed Jarrett; his longtime friend, Island Heights resident and business owner Alan Fumo; and around 5,000 “Bucket Brigade” volunteers, the summer of 2013 proves to be the perfect time to build a larger-than-life sand castle, or “Sandy Castle 2013,” a proposed 50-foottall fortress of poured buckets and packed sand forms sure to command the attention of every neighboring sand castle builder behind Jenkinson’s Pavilion at Point Pleasant Beach. Mr. Jarrett is the current Guinness Book of World Records title-holder for creating the tallest handbuilt sandcastle; Mr. Fumo assisted him with planning this latest castle creation, including choosing the location of Jenkinson’s because of a childhood spent in the shore borough. Sandy Castle Foundation is the official name of the charity set up to aid local residents affected by last October’s hurricane through the building of the Sandy Castle 2013 project. The final product will require 1.6 million pounds of sand— 50,000 more pounds of sand than Mr. Jarrett’s usual creations - and include 25, two-foot levels that taper as they ascend to the world record-breaking height of 50 feet. The Maine resident’s record-holding sand castles are made from sharp sand, an untouched, ultra-fine


sand capable of adhering easily and keeping its form better than regular beach sand. In the future, he said he’d like to build sculptures using a new, specially-enhanced sand that hardens for permanent keeping. To date, most of his creations have been temporary art constructed from media such as sand, snow, and ice. He has also has crafted sculptures from wood. After the sand on Sandy Castle 2013 is in place, Mr. Jarrett will use his artistic eye and talented hands to sculpt its details, with an initial foam carving before this coming weekend, at which point the new world record is expected to be reached. Following that, he plans to finish up with a fine detail carving. Two different sides will also be carved - one representing the devastation endured by the shore from Hurricane Sandy and the other featuring typical Gothic-style castle elements. A 14-foot decorative and protective wall will surround the 40-foot base. All of the Sandy Castle Foundation’s donations and proceeds from admission fees upon its completion will go to Hometown Heroes, one of several private, New Jersey not-for-profit organizations that have been active in raising funds through government and foundation grants and private donations to fund its operations and help area residents following Hurricane Sandy. Sandy Castle 2013 began on March 25th with a ceremonial bucket brigade attended by Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella and many Jersey Shore residents. April 8th marked the project’s official kickoff, since which time Mr. Jarrett and his volunteers have been working nearly seven days a week, weather permitting. Since that early April day, progress has sped along faster than anticipated, thanks to the help of volunteers from around the country, including students and chaperones from DePaul Catholic High School and Saint Cecelia Academy in Tennessee. Those schools joined the bucket brigade early on in for their spring

break in New Jersey to volunteer with post-Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. “Sandy Castle has had the most schools and children participating out of any of the charitable projects I have worked on,” said Mr. Jarrett. “This is my first disaster relief castle, and the volunteers here have had an incredible spirit. They are tired of the negative and are enthusiastic about doing something positive. They are enjoying being back at the beach and working together, encouraging one another. Many volunteers have asked to return to help again and again.” As the project moves into its later stages and higher levels, more adult volunteers are needed to raise and pack the sand. To learn about volunteering opportunities and sponsorships for Sandy Castle 2013, as well as to check out time-lapse photographs of the project, read progress updates, and learn about Jarrett’s talents and previous charitable projects, visit online. The website features a “donate now” button, a calendar of volunteer times, and a volunteer scheduling form for citizens, students, volunteer groups, business owners, and anyone else looking to lend a hand. Sandy Castle and Jarrett’s Castle can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook. com/sandycastlefoundation and worldstallestsandcastle respectively. Admission fees to tour the finished Sandy Castle 2013 will be $3 per child or senior and $5 per adult; the Sandy Castle Foundation seeks to raise over $500,000 towards storm relief efforts before the castle is dismantled in September. Mr. Jarrett also had a bit of advice for sandcastle enthusiasts along the shore this summer: “Keep your creations small so you can focus on the pleasure and enjoyment sand sculpting provides. Enjoy the beach. Enjoy the sand and what you can do with it. It provides a wonderful release and clears the mind.” written by Christa Riddle, All About Writing,

Mayor Akers: Entire Length of Boardwalk to be Open for Memorial Day Weekend by Christine Quigley SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Mayor William Akers was confident in his declaration this week when he announced that the entire length of the Seaside Heights boardwalk would be open for Memorial Day weekend. “There is no doubt, it will be open,” he stated at mid-May borough council meeting. “The entire length will be open, but there will be some temporary fencing and lighting.” Akers said that the borough expects permanent fencing, ramps and lighting to be in

place by mid-June, but noted that adequate facilities will be in place by this holiday weekend to accommodate visitors. Since Prince Harry’s visit to Seaside Heights a week ago, contractor Sidd & Associates

finished 100% of the decking on the boardwalk’s north end. Further south, crews were busy building beach ramps and preparing railings.

Iconic Reminders of Hurricane Sandy Removed from Barnegat Bay by Garrett Greb MANTOLOKING – Nearly sixty barrier island homes were swept off their foundations and into the Barnegat Bay between Monday and Tuesday, October 29th and 30th last year when Hurricane Sandy made devastating landfall across the New Jersey and New York shorelines. Two of those homes sat in the bay for months, nearly fully intact. Earlier this month, Governor Chris Christie’s administration began removing those homes along with six others in Monmouth and Cumberland counties. One home sitting 200 feet into the Barnegat Bay become one of several iconic images of the destruction Sandy left in its path. The other came to rest beside the Mantoloking Bridge. On May 2nd, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) Com-

Photos by Rich Demczyszyn missioner Bob Martin hosted a media press conference before the removal of one of the homes. The task was carried out by Alabama-based Crowder Gulf, the seasoned debris management firm hired by the state to clear Ocean County’s waterways. The removal of the homes signified a visual step forward for Commissioner Martin. “These homes, just like the Jet Star rollercoaster swept off Casino Pier and sitting in the ocean off Seaside Heights, have become iconic images of just how powerful and devas-

tating Sandy was – and how this historic storm changed so many lives,” he said during the bayside news conference. “The removal of these homes marks a symbolic benchmark in the progress we’ve made as New Jersey continues to recover and rebuild.” “Today, one of the unfortunate icons of Mantoloking and Superstorm Sandy is going to be dismantled,” said Mantoloking Mayor George Nebel. “We cannot forget what happened to our community on Oct. 29th, but with the support of the state and the federal government, I know that Mantoloking is well on its way to recovery as we embark on an ambitious plan to protect our community from future disaster.” Six days later, Crowder Gulf was back in Mantoloking to remove the second home that sat in the Barnegat Bay beside the Mantoloking Bridge.

Jet Star Removed from Atlantic Ocean Staff Report SEASIDE HEIGHTS— Shortly after England’s Prince Harry toured Seaside Heights on Tuesday, May 14th, Weeks Marine, a Cranford based marine construction firm, began removing the Jet Star rollercoaster from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, where it rested since falling with the collapsing Casino Pier during Hurricane Sandy on October 29th-30th. When the earliest images began to be broadcast across tri-state area news stations and social media

sites, the coaster was possibly the first and main iconic image of what Sandy had wrought along the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean, beginning with fuzzy cellphone images from those who had weathered the storm on the Barnegat Peninsula, known locally as the barrier island. Three weeks later, a crisp, high-resolution photo of it graced the cover of People Magazine from coast to coast. Beginning at mid-day on May 14th, a single crane and barge removed all of its steel from the ocean and departed barely 24 hours

later. Toby Wolf, spokesperson for the pier amusement firm, stated the next step would be an oceanographic survey of what else remained of several other rides and attractions in the water, including the Stillwalk Manor, a well-known “dark ride” mock-haunted house which toppled off the end of the pier during the storm. Weeks Marine will perform that survey using side scanning sonar surveys to determine if and where large objects might be resting on the ocean floor adjacent the pier.

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State Continues Removal of Barnegat Bay Debris

Photo by Rich Demczyszyn by Debra Hoover Communications Support Staff, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection OCEAN COUNTY - State contractors under the direction of the [New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP)] have been focusing on removing debris from bays, channels, rivers, inlets and other coastal waters since the beginning of March, removing pieces of structures, docks, bulkheads, boats, and cars. Priority is being given to areas that pose a threat to public safety and the environment or impede navigation, with the goal of ensuring waterways are safe for boating and recreation. “This unprecedented debris cleanup effort has been steady and successful, with 30,000 cubic yards of debris removed from our waters since March,” Commissioner Martin said. “We have worked to ensure high quality work in a cost-effective and timely manner, while alleviating burdens on our municipal and county governments. While there is still much work to be done, we remain on track to re-

move much of the debris by the summer tourist season.” While waterways are open for recreation, the Christie Administration urges the public to exercise caution and be aware of surroundings on the water while cleanup continues. “The waterways in some areas may be very different than before Superstorm Sandy, and boaters need to adjust their speed accordingly for safety,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “Always follow commonsense measures, such as wearing a life jacket, and abstaining from alcohol consumption while boating.” Following a four-month effort to remove more than 8 million cubic yards of debris from public rights of way in storm-ravaged communities across the state, the state hired contractors to remove debris from tidal rivers, bays and estuaries from three regions of the state. Agencies that have worked with NJ DEP on this effort include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the state Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resourc-

es, State Police Marine Services Bureau, and municipal police in affected areas. The waterway debris removal project is a large and complex effort, employing boats, barges, cranes and other apparatus to remove debris. It also requires the use of remote sensing, sonar, and other measures to seek out hidden debris. Nearly 60 homes were washed into Barnegat Bay when Sandy slammed the coast Oct. 29th. Most broke apart. Underwater obstructions that cannot be removed immediately are being marked to enable boaters to safely navigate those locations. The NJ DEP will work with the State Police’s Marine Services Bureau, New Jersey Department of Transportation, the U.S. Coast Guard and municipalities to assess boating safety as cleanup progresses. Navigational and public safety announcements will be issued as needed. Dredging will take place as needed, with a priority placed on areas where there is a blockage of storm sewer outfalls and shoals near marinas and other heavily traveled areas.

LAVALLETTE—On Monday, May 20th, Governor Chris Christie made an appearance at the beachfront here to announce that every boardwalk on the shore would be open for Memorial Day weekend, appearing alongside Mayor Walter G. LaCicero and several other borough officials. Those gathered then observed Councilwoman Joanne Filippine hammer one of the final nails into the boardwalk to signify Lavallette’s boardwalk restoration complete. Despite the governor’s statements that “every boardwalk up and down the Jersey Shore” would be open in time for this weekend, at least several inland boardwalk areas, including Ocean Gate and the marina boardwalk section in Beachwood, both on the Toms River, remained under partial reconstruction at press time.

Bucket Brigade Returns Home ORTLEY BEACH–Shortly after Hurricane Sandy swept through Ocean County, Toms River resident Cassandra Vitale established a bucket brigade to help residents with the clean up process. Vitale and countless volunteers have since worked non-stop for

over six months. Initially stationed at the Ortley Beach First Aid Station, which was slated for demolition prior to the hurricane, she and her team were relocated to the parking lot in Ortley Plaza after the eventual demolition of the first aid building.

Last Saturday, the Bucket Brigade returned home to the now empty lot at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Route 35 South. Hecht Trailers of Toms River donated trailers to the Bucket Brigade for storage and office space.

Members of the Seaside Heights borough council and borough employees wait to greet Prince Harry and Governor Chris Christie on the boardwalk on Tuesday, May 14.

Brothers Shabir and Shakir Jamali, owners of Jamali Developers pose with Governor Chris Christie on May 7th. Their company is responsible for major portions of the Seaside Heights Boardwalk rebuilding project. 12

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Seaside Heights Five Full-Time Police Officers Hired in Seaside Heights

First Public Post-Sandy Event at Seaside Heights Community Center

Seaside Heights 1933 Life and times of Seaside Heights in mid-May 1933 as compiled from sources within the Toms River Library’s Wheeler Room.


by Christine Quigley

Lawrence Mayberry, Erik Hershey, Chief Thomas Boyd, Christopher Linnell , Michael McCurdy and Justin Heffernan. Photo by Phil Stilton. by Phil Stilton SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Just in time for Memorial Day, the borough council here approved the hiring of five new full-time police officers, all of whom previously served as special police officers during the summer season and were also employed during the borough’s recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Lawrence Mayberry, Michael McCurdy, Christopher Linnell, Erik Hershey and Justin Heffernan were all sworn in by borough attorney, Jean Cipriani. “We got five really good cops, I’m very proud of them,” said Police Chief Thomas Boyd. “These are the types of guys who go out and help people. They’re the types of guys who go up in the tree and get the cat, not the guys that

shoot the cat out of the tree.” He added that each of the officers proved themselves worthy of becoming full-time police officers through their actions since Hurricane Sandy. “We’ve been through a lot, we’ve been beaten up, so this is finally some good news.” The chief thanked Mayor William Akers and the borough council for allowing him to hire the new officers and for the community support on that decision. “What they allowed me to do, to hire these five good kids, you have no idea what it means to me, and to see the community come together again, it’s great,” he said. “These men deserve this, they’ve worked for it.” Former Seaside Heights Mayor P. Kenneth Hershey held the bible during the swearing in of his son, Erik.

100 Year Old Carousel to Open Memorial Day Weekend by Erik Weber SEASIDE HEIGHTS— Last week, Lou Cirigliano, Director of Operations for the Casino Pier told a visiting delegation from Mississippi that power was restored to their merry-go-round and the lights did come on and it began to spin, but the power was then cut as the company now needed to further inspect the ride more to make sure it was working properly. This week, Mr. Cirigliano gave the attraction a clean bill of health and announced it will be open for Memorial Day weekend. During Hurricane Sandy, the basement below the carousel flooded and part of the floor near the ride collapsed. Built in 1910 by the William Dentzel Company,

the hand carved carousel once stood as the main attraction of the Burlington Island Beach Amusement Park on Burlington Island, a now uninhabited island situated in the Delaware River, west of the city of Burlington. The ride features 58 hand carved animals, including 35 moving horses and 18 stationary. It is adorned with 2,016 lighbulbs and features 15 original paintings in the center casing, which have also survived intact. The animals were carved by William Dentzel of Philadelphia and Charles Looff, of Coney Island. “We wanted to make sure everything was just right before announcing that our Carousel is alive and well,” Mr. Cirigliano said.

“I’m so glad to be here tonight,” Mayor Hershey said afterwards as he broke down in tears of joy. “I’m so happy for my son tonight.” “I just to thank the mayor and council for giving me this opportunity,” said Officer McCurdy. Councilman Richard Tompkins said the five new officers had performed well as special officers for the borough. “They held themselves in such high regards, we never looked at them as Class II officers, we always felt as if they were full-time officers,” he said. “I’m so happy we’ve finally been able to appoint these men,” said Councilwoman Agnes Polhemus, “It’s been a long time coming, but they were certainly worth the wait.”

SEASIDE HEIGHTS— When Hurricane Sandy flooded the small bay side community center here, it wasn’t exactly at the top of the list of things to restore in the borough, but six months later, the borough managed to find the time and resources to finish the project. Inside, the building needed to be completely gutted and rebuilt as nearly four feet of the Barnegat Bay rushed into the slightly elevated building during the storm last October. After being host to a private homeowners association meeting days prior, the borough officially opened the center with a public event hosted by Atria Senior Living of Tinton Falls on April 25th. The company wanted to host a courtesy luncheon for the first responders and borough workers who had worked tirelessly in the months since the hurricane putting Seaside Heights’ pieces back together. One of those treated by Atria was 58-year-old Pete Carlino, a long time borough firefighter who said over his years volunteering with the department he never saw anything like what he saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. While the department regularly deals with fires and ocean rescues, since the day

after Sandy, like most other area departments, he said, they have been performing a job he says was unimaginable prior to the hurricane. “What happened here was terrible, but since then, the entire town has come together and so many people have offered their help here, we really appreciate it,” the firefighter added. “It’s a fantastic gesture for Atria to want to come down here and treat our first responders for their hard work; I just can’t thank them enough,” said Seaside Heights Special Event Coordinator Michael Graichen. “The amount of people reaching out to us to help is amazing. It just shows that in a time of need, there’s always somebody out there who wants to lend a helping hand.” A delegation from Atria, led by Michelle Clemente and Marky Hanenson, served up lunch for dozens of borough public works employees, police officers and the firefighters. They were joined by members of the borough council. “It was so wonderful and everything was delicious,” said Councilwoman Agnes Polhemus. “It was very thoughtful and very nice of them to do this for our workers.”

Rebuilding the Bayside by Garrett Greb SEASIDE HEIGHTS While the global media networks swarmed the oceanfront boardwalk in anticipation of the arrival of England’s Prince Harry earlier this month, just a few blocks away, progress of another kind was being made. Crews from Albert Marine have been working hard to finish construction of Seaside Heights’ other boardwalk, the often forgotten bayside boardwalk, which is also an important part of the town’s summer tourism


Otto Berg was building a storefront market on the southwest corner of Sumner Avenue and Boulevard for Joseph S. Ulrich... A.C. Heiring, proprietor of the Sanitary Fish Market on the corner of Boulevard and Sumner Avenue, advertised “fresh fish daily from our own nets. Lobsters, clams, crabs. Open weekends until further notice.”... the new market built on Sumner Avenue and the Boulevard announced a May 26th opening and its name, the Seaside Market... Mr. and Mrs. Deane Harriman, who wintered in Florida, returned to open their store on the boardwalk...


A large attendance was reported at the mid-May grade school PTO meeting, with Mrs. H. Hopson as chairperson. Second graders from Miss Shadinger’s class put on a play called The Circus that was well received, and sewing and soap carving from other students were on display. Plans were there made for closing exercises of the school for the summer, including taking the 8th graders on a field trip to Philadelphia... a large card party fundraiser was announced for May 25th, with proceeds benefiting the P.T.A....


draw. Mayor Bill Akers said, “People don’t realize that the boardwalk on the bay side is also important - it’s our link to the Barnegat Bay.” The boardwalk hosts a playground, fishing and

crabbing pier, jet ski and watercraft rentals, boat rentals and a launch point for private boats. Work is expected to be fully complete by June 1st, in time for the Jersey Gems RV Camping Rally that begins June 4th.

The Seaside Heights Borough Council welcome Mother’s Day visitors on the boardwalk, handing out carnations to passing moms. In this photo, Councilman Richard Tompkins. Read the Ocean Signal online:

Many residents arrived to open their homes for the warm season... a Mother’s Day festival was held at the Union Church, with a covered dish social enjoyed by all after services... the Seaside Heights Vol. Fire Company’s Ladies’ Auxiliary held their annual banquet at Victor’s Restaurant where a turkey dinner and dancing were enjoyed...

Mayor A.W. Borden, Councilman James J. Miles, building inspector Fred Reeger, George Bennett and several others worked to construct a new room addition to the side of borough hall at no cost... the borough council decided to purchase an additional water pump and have larger pipes leading to the water tank here as the earlier pump was unable to supply enough water to the tank during the summer season... Councilman Smith reported that a number of complaints were received about people eating on the beach and leaving their trash behind. Former Councilman I.A. Shepherd replied that while eating on the beach posed some problems, “times are hard and it would be a pity if people with children were deprived of this privilege.” George Hauser noted that only a short time earlier the townspeople were inviting people to come to the borough as tourism was not that high. It was decided to poll residents on their opinion about eating on the beach before taking any action...


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Seaside Park

Seaside Park 1933

Events, Programs & Info Memorial Day Ceremony

Seaside Park’s annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held on the lawn outside municipal offices on Monday, May 27th beginning at 9:30 am.

Bricks Are In!

The Seaside Park Beautification Committee is happy to announce that bricks ordered prior to Superstorm Sandy have been installed! We are currently working on placing our 4th order. Anyone who purchased a brick after November 4th is part of the 4th order.

AmeriCorps Response Team Information

The Ocean County AmeriCorps Response Team has a new location within the Hurricane Sandy Resource Center at 1001 Fischer Boulevard in Toms River. Their volunteer services can be provided to borough homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy to remove muck and debris, generally clean up and provide general labor tasks. For more information, call (732) 908-9835, e-mail oceancountyamericorpsresponse@gmail. com or visit them on Facebook at

Beach Badges

Pre-season 2013 beach badges may be purchased at the Seaside Park Police Department at 6th and Central avenues every day except Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm. Pre-season pricing per badge is in place at $50 until June 14th; as of June 15th regular pricing goes up to $55 each. Senior citizen badges cost $20 and weekly passes can be purchased

for $35. Daily passes are $10 each. Cash or check only; no starter checks. A driver’s license and phone number must be provided. Call (732) 793-3700 for more information.

Life and times of Seaside Park in mid-May 1933 as compiled from sources within the Toms River Library’s Wheeler Room.

Scholarship Deadline Extended

Many residents arrived to open their homes for the warm season... the weekly Wednesday evening dance at the fire hall, here, was well attended on May 17th, with music furnished by the Crescent Orchestra under the direction of Alda Hewitt. The floor show included: Charleston, Dick Britton of Toms River; jig dance, Harry Britton of Toms River and tap dance, James McDevitt of Seaside Heights. The door prize was a homemade cake and was won by Miss Oreta Goodwin of Seaside Heights...

The Seaside Park Education Foundation Scholarship deadline was extended to June 1st for any high school and first year college students residing in the borough who are starting or continuing their post-secondary education. For application information, please visit

Zumba Classes

Seaside Park Zumba Classes are held every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Seaside Park Elementary School building at 4th and Central avenues. Cost is $5 per class; participants age 10 and under are free if accompanied by an adult. All are asked to wear comfortable clothing and sneakers. For more information, please call the Recreation Department at (732) 793-3700 x105.

Yoga Classes

Seaside Park Yoga Classes are held Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 to 7 pm at the Seaside Park Elementary School building at 4th and Central avenues. Cost is $5 per class. For more information, please call the Recreation Department at (732) 793-3700 x105.

Recreation Center

The Seaside Park Recreation Center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm. For more information, please call the Recreation Department at (732) 793-3700 x105.


The White Oak Market reopened for the season earlier this month, marking its 100th year.

Ptl. Steven Shadiack Promoted to Corporal Larkin: Service to borough over past 25 years “certainly qualifies” him for rank SEASIDE PARK - Citing a quarter century of stellar performance on and off duty, Mayor Robert W. Matthies and the governing body here joined Seaside Park Police Chief Francis Larkin in formally promoting Ptl. Steven Shadiack to the rank of corporal at the start of their May 9th council meeting. Reading a resolution that recounted the officer’s hiring and service as a summer patrolman starting in June 1984, Mayor Matthies noted that he was hired as a fulltime officer on March 1st, 1988, served as the summer sergeant from May 1995 through 1997, and had received a “number of department-issued merit service awards.” As a result, he said to colleagues, family members and borough residents present, Ptl. Shadiack’s “contributions to this department and the borough has greatly benefited residents, and his compassion and loyalty for his chosen profession are obvious to all that come in contact with him.” The mayor then officially promoted him to the higher

Cpl. Steven Shadiack’s family and officials gather for a photograph after his promotion.


Mayor Robert W. Mattheis Congratulates Cpl. Steven Shadiack On his promotion. sit too well with me, so we rank. Chief Larkin stated that he sat down and we made our had been looking to advance new standards for a corporal procedures within his depart- position in Seaside Park, and ment to contemporary stan- what they were are as follows: dards, including the adoption number one, the officer has of the Senior Officer Recogni- to have 25 years of service tion Program, but added that to the municipality; number he felt the program as it exists two, he has to be in good in other law enforcement or- standing; and number three, ganizations falls short of his he has to have a lot of accomplishments.” expectations. “When we looked at Offi“[In those policies], if you made 10 years in a police cer Shadiack’s record, it was department, you became a outstanding,” the chief stated. private. If you made 15 years, “For 25 years, he has been the you just became a corporal,” liaison to the domestic viohe said. “That didn’t really lence team in Ocean County, he’s worked countless hours on his own time with Providence House [an outreach office and domestic violence safehouse], he’s been a summer sergeant, he’s an Ocean County Police Academy instructor [and] teaches locally - blood borne pathogens, CPR, all of those things - so [he] certainly qualifies for this position.” “We didn’t just want to give the stripes away; this is somebody who actually earned it and it’s not just a corporal position because you have 25 years,” Chief Larkin continued. “It’s 25 years plus a lot of accomplishments, and looking back, it’s endless - I could go on all night with what Officer Shadiack has done over these 25 years, but he’s certainly earned the distinction.” The chief thanked the new corporal one more time before family members and officials stood to take photographs commemorating the occasion.

Seaside Park Celebrates “A Day at the Derby” by Erik Weber SEASIDE PARK – About 60 residents here came together on Saturday afternoon, May 4th to enjoy Derby Day at the Windjammer Motor Inn through the annual spring


fundraiser hosted by the Seaside Park Beautification Committee. The fun started in the late afternoon with food and games, including raffle prizes and a hat contest featuring the outlandish designs put together in true Kentucky Derby tra-

dition. As the race got underway, almost all present crowded around televisions to cheer on their picks as Orb, ridden by Joel Rosario, won on a muddy track with a time of 2 minutes and 2.89 seconds. Proceeds from the event

were to go toward replacing the tree that stood outside borough offices and the police department but was lost during Hurricane Sandy. The tree was the focus of numerous borough events, including the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and ac-

tivities for Summer in the Park, the borough’s business association. For more information on the Seaside Park Beautification Committee, please visit Summer in the Park can be found at www.

The Colonial Ice Cream Parlor, located next to the Colonial Theatre, opened for the season with “a full line of fresh stock and delicatessen.”... Blue Front Market on the corner of 4th and East Central Avenue advertised that it had opened for the season and offered a “full line of seafood products” under the management of proprietor A.T. Steigerwald...


At the annual meeting of the Seaside Park Parent-Teacher Association, plans were formed for graduates to take their annual class trip to Valley Forge...


The Parish Priest, a three-act comedy play given at The Colonial theater to benefit St. Catharine’s Church on two nights in midMay, drew large audiences and was praised. Directed by Mrs. L. Whiteman, the players included Frank Miller, Edward J. Ryan, Jr., Lester C. Gerhard, James Gormley, John Twohig, Jr., William Magee, Miss E. Ryan, Miss Frances Tunney and Mrs. Mary Twohig. Music was provided by Ralph Zulker and his Seashore Ramblers...


Better lighting of town streets was discussed at the early May council meeting, with Councilman W.D. Stanger urging Mayor A.E. Wickham to press the issue with Jersey Power Central & Light to reposition the crossarms upon which the lights were attached to give them a greater distance of light... a resolution at that same meeting was approved to ask the state for $600 for unemployment relief here for the month of June...

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Ocean Gate Military Transport Proved Value during Hurricane Sandy by Erik Weber OCEAN GATE – In what could probably be chalked up as one of the best planned acquisitions in borough history, Ocean Gate Police Chief Reece J. Fisher’s successful early 2011 endeavor to acquire a 2.5 military troop transport vehicle, known as the M-35 or “deuce

and a half,” for use in severe weather emergencies may have been triggered by occasional flooding along the waterfront, but it was during the wrath of Hurricane Sandy that it proved its worth. Over the night of October 29th and 30th, as rising floodwaters from the Toms River to the north and the Barnegat Bay to the east, through the meadows at Good Luck

Point, overwhelmed dozens of homes, officers and emergency management personnel rescued upwards of 200 residents with the transport. Built in 1986 and first placed in service in 1987, Chief Fisher said the vehicle was obtained through federal surplus from the State of New Jersey “in cooperation with the Seaside Heights Office of Emergency Management, who acquired the vehicle and had it for a short time [before transferring] the surplus paperwork over to us.” According to various online military equipment resources, including Alexandria, Virginia-based security corporation Global Security, the M-35 line of vehicles has its roots in World War II when such transports “increased

infantry mobility twentyfold and enabled it to keep pace with the rapid armor advancement.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower listed it as being “among the most vital to our success in Africa and Europe.” “This was something we were staring to look at acquiring several years ago,” said the chief, who added at the time that borough patrolmen and emergency personnel would be trained to operate it. The price tag for obtaining such a benefit? Exactly zero, as long as the borough agreed to maintain it for an 18-month period. The end of that period, almost to the day, awaited Hurricane Sandy. The rest, as they say, is history.

Ocean Gate Carries On after Hurricane Sandy The following was written by Councilman Charles Mailot in the days following Hurricane Sandy and reflects an accurate and insightful record of the difficult times of flooded homes, little to no utilities and rough days then ahead. As I sit here in the warmth and comfort of my mother’s home, I finally, for the first time in a week, have time to reflect. Things are beginning to sink in now. The 170 hours or so since the storm went by in what seems like five minutes. Days blend, time lapses. There is still confusion, but here I will pen my “lucid” thoughts. I live in Ocean Gate, and in less than five years here, I, at 32, have found a place worthy of raising a family. A place where I know my daughter, Elizabeth, can grow up with a normal childhood, a childhood like I and generations had before. I know Elizabeth can grow up and go anywhere in town and within two minutes someone will know exactly where she is, what she is doing, and who she is with. She has time to explore on her own and learn about her hometown unabated by “playdates,” constant monitoring and other oddities of modern child-rearing practices. Thinking about what it means to be an Ocean Gater, I know I have only begun to learn. This past year I sat on Ann’s Porch (thanks Janet), gone to sailboat parties, urinal parties (thanks Jay), and other things no one else would understand, things I have only just begun to understand. Old family ties permeate throughout this jewel by the river. My family has just begun to bud, to sprout a new generation. Gathering my belongings the week after Sandy, I attempted—the first day after—to wade waist deep to check my home only to realize three

blocks away, with deepening water, it was pointless. The gray silt deposits throughout the town, turning black streets and green grass virtually colorless, will forever remain burned in my memory. Seeing my town—OUR TOWN— in this condition has taken a toll on me and my family. My wife Amanda spent days crying at the devastation. Amidst it all, we keep on keeping on, working as if to distract ourselves from the disaster around us. Moments of clarity pop up randomly, seeing the bleak landscape with friends’ and neighbors’ belongings strewn about the curb, covering entire lots. Duty sets in and though we are engaged in our work, in the back of our heads, we know—things will be different from here on out. I see a friend and neighbor, Marie, and she is in reasonably good spirits. No doubt a child of the Great Depression, she had resiliency ingrained in her from an early age and has seen many things in her life, yet doubtful anything like this. Her lightheartedness despite the situation is uplifting. Perhaps this is the Ocean Gate way? Either way, there is work to be done. I have a 103 degree fever, bronchitis, and am chilled to the bone. Still, we work on. I also have great friends and family in Pete, Jay, Joe, both Kaitlyns, Don, Mike & Devin, Sassy and Danielle to help us finish the job. We work exhaustingly as the 5 pm curfew approaches. Sassy insists on a quart of whiskey, hot dogs and hamburgers and procures them for us and the neighbors. We light the Weber charcoal grill, a brief sense of “normalcy” and juxtaposition despite the situation. My stomach has not been full in a week, my insides cold chambers even after hot baths and showers. My fever has broken, but a dry cough still plagues me. I hate it. I

see people who have it better, have it worse, and everywhere in between. But what I notice, what really stands out, is the generous outpouring of humanity, of charity. No one is too proud to accept, too distant to give. Comparisons are made to recent atrocities and disasters; those of us who have been unable to watch the news are unable to compare. At this point, our situation is dire. No one quite knows the breadth of this disaster, we can only speculate. It is odd that the rest of the country knows more about what is going on here than we do. But we do know this – we will persevere. We as a society and as a small community will turn lemons into lemonade and thrive in the future. We had an emergency meeting yesterday; one which brought familiar faces but also many people unfamiliar with us as a governing body. People you know, people you don’t know but have seen around town and people you have never met before. Looking into the eyes of everyone present, one thing was apparent – everybody is suffering. We are in the same boat. We all have the same questions which ultimately lead to the same end result – “when will we return to normalcy?” The answer, in my opinion for this generation, is never. We will never forget. We will rebuild, but the cement poured to replace broken foundations will pale in comparison to the cementing of relationships built, forged, and continued as a result of our collective heartache. That is the glue that holds Ocean Gate together. It is not a house or a simple dwelling—it is the people and their commitment to one another that keeps this great town going. Do we have differences? Of course! That is part of life, but what it all

boils down to is this – we are all in the same boat. Upon taking a break, I had my mother read what I’d written so far – she couldn’t get past the first page without crying. She mentioned when our house burned down when I was 12, and said “At least Elizabeth won’t have a memory.” You know what? I want Elizabeth to have a memory of Ocean Gate where she was born, raised, learned to roll over, crawl, walk, run (and fall J). Where she hated the feeling of sand on her bare feet but eventually got used to it, distracted by the many wonderments that our beaches have to offer (she loves reeds). I want her to be a part of Ocean Gate, a second generation. And that is why we must rebuild. We have something that very few in this world have left. A small town where a kid can be a kid, where everyone knows everyone, and if you don’t sooner or later you will. For years I’ve been saying that Ocean Gate is a 21st century Norman Rockwell painting come to life. Thinking back to our meeting yesterday, while most adults were feeling what we were all feeling, the few children present had a look in their eyes of optimism, of hope. What we can learn from these children is that in time things will be good again. Will it be in our lifetime? For some, no. For others, yes. It will be the great little town Ocean Gate has and always will be. My grandmother, Ethyl “Tootie” Smith (nee Robbins) tells me of visiting Ocean Gate as a child the 1930s and 40s with the slides on the piers, and what wonderful times she had. We have to keep it going if not only for us, but for future generations to love and enjoy. Everyone has their own Ocean Gate. This is mine.

Ocean Gate 1933 Life and times of Ocean Gate in mid-May 1933 as compiled from sources within the Toms River Library’s Wheeler Room.


Many summer residents continued to come down to open their cottages and spend various weekends and weekdays here... a card party given by the two borough fire companies at borough hall was held despite stormy weather on Saturday evening, May 6th, and had a large attendance that benefited the two volunteer organizations... area fire companies were called to extinguish a forest fire in Bayville on Thursday night, May 10th... the volunteer fire company wrote a letter during a organizational meeting to senators and congressmen in Washington, D.C., protesting the closing of Naval Air Station Lakehurst in the aftermath of the U.S.S. Akron crash offshore Barnegat City, today Barnegat Light, in early April...


James “Jimmie” Melville was in town to open a branch office for receiving orders for transportation of freight between all shore points and Philadelphia. Real estate agent and resident C. Frank Bertsch was hired to take orders for the shipments... the Palm House bakery, which ignited in a furious fire the previous month, was due to be rebuilt... Blanche Keeney opened her real estate office in the Giblan building... the warm weather near the end of May brought out the ice delivery trucks...


In mid-May, two pupils of Toms River High School visited Ocean Gate School to inform students of what to expect when they them-

selves went through their years there, including translating English to Latin and vice versa (though when tested, the two students were stumped on how to say ‘elephant’ in Latin)...


Local musical trio Moran, Dilkes and Biernbaum made their first appearance at the musical festival held at Toms River High School on Friday, May 12th, receiving loud and long applause afterward...


Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lofland visited their cottage on a mid-May weekend and reported that Mrs. Lofland had her purse stolen on a recent trip home to Philadelphia from Washington, D.C., including $30, her driver’s license, car license and other paperwork. The following day, the documents were returned by mail but the cash was gone forever...


The upcoming primary election saw candidates seeking return to their offices, including town founder and borough police chief, Charles Guttentagg, for both his place on the borough council and the county committee; Councilman James Melville and Ocean County Committeewoman Mrs. Charlie Bertsch... the mayor and council met Saturday evening, May 13th, where they paid the county and school before adjourning for a meeting of the Thomas A. Mathis Republican Club... sand began to be distributed along the road leading from Mott’s Corner to Ocean Gate Avenue, down Bayview Avenue and on Chelsea Avenue in preparation for another coat of oil to keep the dust down in the warm months...

Ocean Gate Memorial Day Ceremony The annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 1 pm this Monday, May 27th at Veterans’ Park on Ocean Gate Drive. In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to Adrian Hall, East Cape May Avenue, at the same time. Light refreshments will be served at Adrian Hall after the ceremony regardless of which location has the ceremony.

CRHS 9th Grader Christopher Grimes was honord by the mayor and council as a Youth Council Community Representative earlier this month.

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Jackson Mayor Reina Hosts Night at the Ball Park for Pediatric Cancer Patients

by Phil Stilton LAKEWOOD—For the second year in a row, Jackson Township Mayor Mike Reina hosted a night out at First Energy Park for children with pediatric cancer. This year, the night had more meaning as the mayor’s three-year-old granddaughter, Angelina Roberto, was one of those children he was hosting. Angelina was diagnosed with leukemia in December. Each spring, the park is host to Jackson Township Night, inviting the mayor to throw out the first pitch of the game. Last year, Mayor Reina hosted 7-year-old Kyle Cummings of Jackson and let the young boy throw out the pitch instead. This year, he invited 5-year-old Jake Hoenig of Howell Township to throw the first pitch. “It was great, he threw it as hard as he could.” “This year families from Oceans of Love joined us as we tried to invite as many as we could seat that we knew who were battling pediatric cancer,” Mayor Reina said. “The two new children that joined us this year were Jake Hoenig and my own granddaughter, Angelina.” “People ask me how this got started and my response is always as quick as the question,” he continued. “After walking off the mound 4 years ago when I threw out the first pitch at Jackson night at BlueClaws, I remember saying to myself, ‘That was fun.’ Then I noticed a little boy looking onto the field with eyes as wide they could get just filled with amazement. That’s all I needed, the following year a child threw out the first pitch and the year after that I have had a

child with pediatric cancer throw out the first pitch instead of me.” The mayor has been involved with different charities, fundraisers and events for children with pediatric and adult cancers long before his granddaughter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. “All I can say is that it was the right thing to do, being mayor has nothing to do with it,” he said. “The smiles that you get to see on the children’s faces touches me in a way nothing else ever has. To see them smile when you know that the treatments that they go through are so grueling and painful to be able to play a small part in helping to place that smile is priceless to me.” Skybox donations to the children were provided by the Toms River-based professional firms Remington and Vernick and Gilmore & Monahan, and the Lakewood-based firm Bathgate, Wegener & Wolf, P.C. “The looks on their faces while they are on the mound, to hear their laughter when they all in the same room playing and not in a hospital setting and their families having a small moment in time to relax is something that will be forever etched in my mind,” Mayor Reina stated. “We are able to continue to give these brave and wonderful children such great memories because people like Mr. Bathgate and Mr. Gilmore each donated their tickets and sky boxes and contributed towards the food beverage expenses so that the children can enjoy a night with their families at a BlueClaws game. Helping children battling cancer is what it’s all about, nothing else.”

Jackson Firefighters Mourn Loss of Chief Hosford

Council Briefs by Phil Stilton

The following are actions of the township governing body from the past month.

Jackson “Paints the Town” Pink and Purple

JACKSON - Ray Hosford, an ex-chief of the Jackson Mills Fire Company, passed away on Saturday, May 4th, while awaiting a lung transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He had suffered cystic fibrosis. A message was released by the fire company announcing his passing and adding that “Ray and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers.” Members of the fire company began a fundraising website to help Mr. Hosford’s family pay for medical bills incurred from his hospitalization. Instead of hosting their annual dinner, the firefighters at the station began the fund. Chief Hosford served in the United States Army and was a volunteer in New York

City at Ground Zero just hours after the attacks. He joined the fire department in 1981 and worked his way up through the ranks. Ray was predeceased by his parents, Raymond F. Hosford and Agnes Williams, and by his father-in-law, Paul Lindsay. He is survived

by his wife, June Hosford; his daughters, Stephanie Hosford and Samantha Hosford, both of Jackson; his sisters, Linda Runyon of MA, and Donna Hosford of NJ; his brothers, Ted Hosford and Mike Hosford, both of MA; his mother-in-law, Mary Lindsay; his brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Paul Lindsay and John and Maureen Lindsay; his sisterin-law, Diane Huntley; his many nieces and nephews; and by his Brotherhood at Station 54.

The mayor and council proclaimed May as a time to paint the town pink and purple. Council President Ann Updegrave read a proclamation in support of Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. She recommended residents and business owners display the color purple in some fashion. Councilman Barry Calogero spoke about “Paint the Town Pink” to raise awareness for annual mammography.

Budget Cap Bank Measure Approved

After being rejected for the past two years, a motion to exceed the municipal budget appropriation limits was passed with Councilman Ken Bressi the lone no vote on the measure. Councilman Martin was not present. Mr. Bressi said the definitions of the how the money can be spent was a concern to him, specifically how the money can be allocated for the health, safety and welfare of residents. “There are no criteria that define what the health, safety and welfare are,” Mr. Bressi said. “If you need it [more money], go out for referendum to the public and I believe that’s the way it should be handled.” Councilman Calogero disagreed, calling the measure “good fiscal planning.”

Jackson Business Owners Appointed to Economic Development Advisory Committee

DJ Wolfman Jerry and Kroozin’ Productions kicked off the 2013 car show season at Jackson Crossing on May 3rd. Cruise nights will be a regular feature this summer with shows scheduled for first and third Friday nights of each month.

A Jackson committee which was once a haven for politically connected appointments welcomed two new members after an overhaul by the council was performed on the committee earlier this year. Newly elected councilmen Barry Calogero and Rob Nixon targeted the committee early in their terms to revitalize the committee and allow it to perform as originally intended, to advise the township on potential business opportunities and to connect with Jackson Township’s business owners. The council appointed Andy Weinstein, a local insurance broker and Dr. Miriam T. Furlong, owner of Jackson Orthodontics.

Public Works to Purchase Cardboard Compactor

On March 18th, the All Star Bagels store at the intersection of Leesville Road and West Veteran’s Highway closed. The building will be razed and replaced with a new plaza that will also feature a Luigi’s Pizza and an Ocean First Bank. Construction is expected to be complete by the winter of 2013.

The Jackson recycling station on Don Connor Boulevard will soon get a new cardboard compactor. Two bids were received, but the township awarded the contract to Wastequip of Sicklerville for the amount of $23,551.14. BE Equipment Inc submitted a bid of $32,775.00.

Council Approves Additional Appointment to Safe Roads Committee

Father John Bambrick, formerlly of St. Joseph’s Church in Toms River will soon be filling in for Father Kevin J. Keelen when Keelen goes on Sabatical in June for six months. In the next issue of the Ocean Signal, Father Bambrick discusses the past year, including his own sabbatical to the Vatican City in Rome. Read the Ocean Signal online:

Jackson Police Department Rev. Dan Schafer, Rabbi Jan Rosenberg, Mayor Michael Reina, Sister Eileen Ivory and Rev. Betty Gibbons came together on May 2nd in to host a National Day of Prayer mass at town hall. The cermony brought together residents of different faiths to celebrate the day together with prayer and song.

The council approved the addition of another member to the Safe Roads Committee. No individual has been selected yet for this appointment. The Safe Roads Committee coordinates the township police department, public works and engineering department and includes residents who make suggestions on how to improve road safety in the township.


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Playground, Volleyball Court Open at Justice Complex

Meinders to Replace Gialanella as Superintendent of Schools by Allison Erwin, Jackson Schools

STAFF REPORT JACKSON - ‘I Can’ is a term children with disabilities here can now say after this township completed construction and opened to the public a new handicap-accessible playground at the Jackson Justice Complex this month. “The new ‘I Can’ recreational module allows children with disabilities to play and exercise in a safe environment,” stated Mayor Michael Reina. The “I Can” playground features a double wide ramp with access to the entire playground by wheelchair. The surfacing for the playground is poured rubber that makes getting around the play area very easy. “Handicapped enhancements were also added to two existing playgrounds - ‘The Field of Dreams’ and ‘Putman Park,’” added Council


President Ann Updegrave. “Enhancements include items such as new wheelchairs accessible spinners, a theater section, and a musical section.” A new professional volleyball court located at the complex and built using 2012 Community Block Development Grant (CDBG) funds in the amount of $157,000 can accommodate several game configurations and includes extra space around the court for safety. For the grand opening, Mayor Reina invited current and past members of the Jackson Memorial Girls’ Volleyball team to play the first game on the beach volleyball court. “It’s definitely going to get used, the kids are pretty excited about this,” said Head Coach Jason Ulrich. “We’re hoping we can expand

our organized volleyball league to include this.” The coach added that the township’s recreational volleyball program currently uses grass fields at Johnson Park.

JACKSON – After searching for months, posting the job twice and receiving troves of resumes from all over New Jersey and surrounding states, the Board of Education ultimately decided it needed to look no further than within its own family to find the district’s next superintendent of schools. At the May 21 meeting the board voted unanimously in favor of appointing Lu Anne Meinders, the district’s current deputy superintendent, to be the new superintendent beginning July 1. Meinders will replace Superintendent Thomas Gialanella, who is retiring as of June 30. After graduating with degrees in both business administration and English

Mayor Michael Reina, Safety Coordinator Scott Sargent and DPW Director Fred Rasiewicz officially open the ‘I Can” playground with the help of local children

and working in private industry, Meinders began a career in education and has been with the district for 25 years. She was as a middle school math and science teacher, then an advanced placement English teacher and served as the district coordinator of grants and district coordinator of curriculum before becoming the district’s Deputy Superintendent. She is a Jackson resident. “The Jackson School District is at a critical juncture and I am excited to have an opportunity to continue to serve the students and taxpayers of Jackson in this capacity,’’ Meinders said. “I love this district and I am honored the board has given me the opportunity to continue to shape its future.’’ Meinders said that among the district’s challenges will be implementing the momentous changes to the common core curriculum while advancing student achievement, guiding the district through historic shifts in both teacher and administrator accountability and continuing to find creative ways to manage financial responsibilities to both students and taxpayers. “I believe fiscal responsibility means not only demanding efficiency in and accountability for how we spend public funds, but also the importance of being able to measure the results of our investments,’’ she said. “This is why we are so committed to making data-driven decisions about how to allocate those pre-

cious budget dollars.’’ The superintendent search process was handled by the board directly and began in the beginning of the school year with a community survey to help provide the board with input on what taxpayers, staff, students and residents considered valuable in a candidate. The board also held a community public forum to solicit input. After months of interviewing candidates through multiple rounds of interviews, the board selected Meinders and voted to hire her at the May 21, 2013 meeting. The board’s vote was 6-0. Board Member Michael Hanlon was not permitted to vote on the position or participate in any of the search process because he has a family member who works in the district. Superintendent Gialanella said he is thrilled to be leaving the district in such capable hands. Superintendent Gialanella said he is thrilled to be leaving the district in such capable hands. “I could not be more confident in her ability to expertly guide Jackson through what lies ahead because although she is a true educator at heart, she has incredible business acumen as well,’’ Gialanella said. “She also happens to be someone who can navigate through a challenge with intelligence, logic and grace – all the while identifying what opportunities are possibly being created in any given situation. She is truly one of a kind.’’

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Beachwood 1933 Life and times of Beachwood in mid-May 1933 as compiled from sources within the Toms River Library’s Wheeler Room.

Autumn Fun Day at Jakes Branch Park Provided Break from Storm Aftermath


1,000 Estimated in Attendance; Park Record Shattered by Erik Weber BEACHWOOD – When Superstorm Sandy swept through this area on October 29th and 30th of last year, it took with it electric service and hot water for most residents, terminated the 75th Annual Toms River Halloween Parade and made it impossible to even consider trick or treating, while leaving a wide path of downed trees, wires, destroyed or damaged homes and lives behind. By mid-week, supervisors and staff at the nearly untouched Jakes Branch Park, here, along with administrators in the county park system, faced the decision of canceling all programming for the public system-wide, as most, including Cattus Island Park and its nature center in the eastern portion of mainland Toms River, had taken on flood waters and were damaged. Two days after the storm, amphibians and reptiles housed at the latter were moved to Jakes Branch Park’s facility for continued care and the park system temporarily canceled all events and programs until recovery efforts advanced, with the exception of the coming weekend’s Autumn Fun Day at their Beachwood location. Park Supervisor Michelle Urban recalled it was determined the event, which included many fall activities, games and treats for children, would be held and whoever showed up, showed up. Word then spread about the event through online social media platforms, primarily Facebook, which many local residents used with battery-powered cellular smartphones to receive news and updates through the storm despite widespread power loss. Within hours, a snapshot of a flyer for the event was shared across personal pages and local boards and groups at least hundreds of times, and the county administra-

tors picked up on the popularity and promoted it to an even wider audience. Many online users sharing the flyer’s image pushed the idea of inviting kids who didn’t have a Halloween to wear their costumes and for parents to bring candy and donations to help support the day. On the day of the event, Saturday, November 5th, a steady stream of cars bearing costumed children and their families streamed up Double Trouble Road and into the park’s gate while Candace Lillie, a wildlife education employee of the park, directed them to the various parking lots and hearing firsthand the gratitude for holding the event despite the storm’s aftermath. Closer to the nature center, activities immediately picked up and children, home all week due to the closed schools while likely not having power or heat in their homes, ran yelling and laughing from station to station, sampling the treats and games as parents looked on. “It was amazing; I definitely did not anticipate the crowd. It was—I don’t want to say it was overwhelming, but borderline. In my 13 years here, that was probably, for me personally, one of the better feel-good days I’ve had here,” said Ms. Urban. “I think the thing that really blew me out of the water was how people showed up just wanting to volunteer for us. We had like six, eight people approach us and say, ‘Put me to work, what can I do to help?’ and everybody was just thankful.” Though an event campfire could not be ignited— Ms. Urban said the wind was slightly stronger than their district fire warden liked—picnic tables full of Halloween candy, chips, pretzels and fruit drinks, including apple cider, were shared; potato sack races ran in a wide path near the manmade lake; princesses, goblins and little dragons hunted for mini-pumpkins

and candy in the patch and hay mound behind the nature center; others had their faces and hands painted with colorful characters or symbols; families rotated through the nature center itself, viewing the multitude of exhibits while warming up; superheroes followed ninjas through a hay bale maze at the far side of the picnic area; hayrides ran like clockwork from the parking lot and some ventured to the observation deck above the center to look out over the event and across the pine barrens and nearby neighborhoods. At the height of the event, Jason Hoger, park recreation leader, counted the cars present and estimated that with at least two people per car, the event had around 1,000 attendees at that time. Amid the din and controlled joyful chaos, Ms. Urban described a lucid moment of realization. “I was watching the kids in our little hay maze that we had, and at one point I walked over and it was all disheveled and I’m like, ‘We gotta fix the maze!’ and one of the parents leaned over to me and goes, ‘I don’t think it really matters,’” she said. “It was just kinda like my ‘a-ha!’ moment, like, they just needed to get out, blow off some steam, forget a little while and I think we accomplished that.” In the end, the park supervisor continued, some things ran out before all could enjoy them, including the mini-pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting activity, but many others, including treats and other games, lasted the entire event. “We weren’t too bad, we had some disappointed kids with the pumpkins, but otherwise did okay,” said Ms. Urban, thanking the volunteers and park staff who ran the event, adding that some

employees without heat, hot water or electricity still showed up to their shifts to keep everything running. In the week that followed, it was back to work for the park system, with employees cutting and removing fallen trees from the nearby trail system and generally bringing everything back up to normal. Jakes Branch Park Nature Center, park and trails are

now all open, and programs and events are being held. Cattus Island Park Nature Center remains closed even seven months after the storm, and for the foreseeable future, due to heavy flooding damage. For more information or a current calendar of events, please call Jakes Branch Park at (732) 281-2750 or go online to

Mrs. Melbourne Carriker, wife of the famed international ornithologist, entertained Charles Everhart, American minister to Costa Rica, at her Wave Street home... Harry Staton, of the New York Herald Tribune, spent a mid-May weekend at his home on the corner of Beachwood and Barnegat boulevards with his son, Harry Jr., who was then gaining newspaper experience with the Long Branch Record... Mrs. Albert Neilson, realtor, rented an office on the Beachwood Circle, the intersection of Beachwood and Atlantic City boulevards, and hoped for a thriving summer business... meanwhile, her husband, Albert, was making progress with a house he was building for Mrs. Schuett on Lakehurst Road in Toms River, and by mid-May had it enclosed and plastered...

Memorial Day Ceremony & Events

The Beachwood Volunteer Fire Company will host the annual fireman’s memorial at the firehouse on Beachwood Boulevard at 10 am, followed by the annual bike decorating contest at 10:15 there. Parade will kick off at 11 am, with the route going north on Beachwood Bou-

levard from the firehouse at Maple Street to Neilson Monument Park at Barnegat Boulevard near the waterfront, where the annual memorial service will be held. The Beachwood Recreation Department’s Riverfest kicks off at Mayo Park at 11 am and runs

until 2 pm, featuring local and statewide crafters and vendors, food from local restaurants and cafes, and a classic and antique car show. Vendors and participants interested in reserving space at the event should call Ron at (732) 600-0400 or e-mailing ron_

Students from the borough elementary school were honored with certificates by the mayor and council for their participation in a county arts program that saw their work on display in the Ocean County Library System. Here, five students pose for a photo with Councilman Gerald W. “Jerry” LaCrosse (l) and Mayor Ron Roma (r).


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Brick Possible Camp Osborn Redevelopment Revealed

Saved From Development and Hurricane, Trader’s Cove Now Open by Christine Quigley BRICK—The 11-acre recreational park project at Trader’s Cove, located at the northern base of the Mantoloking Bridge here, was due to officially open on Thursday, May 23rd at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by township officials. In 2005, Brick Township acquired the run down marina property with the intent to turn it into a public recreational waterfront park, saving it from a high density condominium de-

velopment project. Shortly before Hurricane Sandy struck, the municipality was awarded an additional $600,000 matching grant by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJ DEP) Green Acres Program and was engaged in the second phase of the project, which included the installation of utilities, curbing, parking areas, sidewalks and construction equipment. The first phase consisted of replacing bulkheads and docks and repairing boat slips. Despite the destruction all around it, Trader’s

Cove made it through Hurricane Sandy relatively unscathed, in part due to the four feet of added height that was required to build the project which limited damage mostly to the docks. In 2012, township council delays had pushed the project’s timetables back, according to Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis, but when complete, plans call for a bay front amphitheatre, a nautical and marine educational center and museum and an access trail to the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.

Mayor Acropolis Lashes Out at FEMA The following was compiled using material directly provided by the American Institute of Architects. BRICK - The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) hosted a weekend community design program starting on April 27th at Emma Havens Young Elementary School on Drum Point Road, here, to help develop a plan to rebuild Camp Osborn in Brick Township, which was devastated by a fire after Hurricane Sandy. The program, formally known as a Sustainable Design Assessment Team or SDAT, combined local resources with the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of professionals to create a viable solution for rebuilding the Route 35 community. The volunteer participants included architects, planners, engineers, landscape architects, attorneys, officials and stakeholders. “As architects, we have the ability to not only rebuild structures, but entire communities,” said Jack Purvis, president of AIA-NJ. “In an effort to help rebuild one of our local communities, which was devastated by fire as a result of Sandy, we’re using an SDAT as tool to help mobilize local support and foster result-driven cooperation. This fastpaced, exciting program will help us design and rebuild Camp Osborn in a sustainable way as quickly as possible.” Mr. Purvis said that funds were allocated from the national level of AIA and he and his team reached out to several oceanfront communities. “Mayor [Stephen] Acropolis called us back two days later and expressed interest [and] said there was a need at Camp Osborn because they didn’t know what to do with it,”

by Phil Stilton

he stated. Camp Osborn, located on a three-acre seaside lot and comprised of densely packed cottages, was ravished by a wind-swept fire likely fueled by leaking natural gas pouring from broken lines as a result of storm damage. The community, formerly a tent camp that dates back to the 1920s, is one of Brick’s first summer colonies. In total, 68 homes were destroyed. “We’re excited to work with the New Jersey chapter of AIA to rebuild Camp Osborn quickly, safely and sustainably,” said Mayor Acropolis. “I thank AIA-NJ for their participation and encourage those with interest to participate.” On May 18th, AIA presented the initial concept plan to the residents of Brick Township, which had input from all levels of Brick’s municipal government plus Camp Os-

born property owners and tenants. Mayor Acropolis was unable to attend the meeting noted that he saw the previous a day earlier “and I think they did a fantastic job; it’s kind of what I thought, an elevated living area with parking underneath and access to beach. People that want to stay are going to be able to afford it.” Mr. Purvis said homeowners were skeptical at first, but using their feedback the AIA designed the new plans, adding that new elevation requirements also gave the group a chance to increase parking in the area from about two dozen prior to the hurricane to over 160 by utilizing the space below the proposed structures. In the coming weeks and months, property owners and tenants will work toward an agreement to move the project forward.

Above: Photo of Camp Osborn burning on the morning of October 30th. Photo by Sean Furey, USN. Below: Aerial photo of Camp Osborn days after the hurricane. With fire services blocked from the mainland, the fire was still smoldering. Photo by Patrick Day,

BRICK—More than six months after Hurricane Sandy struck, Brick Township Mayor Steve Acropolis once again took to the offensive with federal agencies who he said were hindering rebuilding efforts they were supposed to be assisting with. On Friday, May 18th, at a meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and three private contractors hired for debris removal, here, Mayor Acropolis to know why not a single home in Brick had yet to be approved for demolition. FEMA representatives told him that the delay stemmed from the omission of dates the homes were built. “When they told me that, I told them they could go look it all up today before they left town hall,” the mayor said. By the time town hall closed, Mayor Acropolis reported that FEMA had the necessary information and 147 homes were approved for demolition starting the following Monday. “If you were a private home owner, demolition permit turnaround takes just one day,” he said. “This is what the federal government requires you to do, so many strings attached, every government servant has to jus-

Brick Mayor Steve Acropolis was among the local officials who had the opportunity to meet Prince Harry of Wales at the Seaside Heights boardwalk on May 14th. Photo by Rich Demczyszyn tify their reason for employment. It doesn’t take seven months to demolish a home. Why did it take so long to get this done?” The mayor added that FEMA forms call for a 19-point checklist in order to demolish a home, including EPA/FEMA air quality monitoring. “You’re talking about single family home, not [the 9/11 attacks],” he continued, criticizing the need for multiple FEMA air quality monitors. “Nobody cares more about the environment in our community more than the people of Brick, it’s just another way for them to sign off on something and justify their

existence with a lengthy process and roadblocks.” “This government is way too big,” Mayor Acropolis added. “Through the federal government, this is a $10 million estimate on the project, which we have to pay $2.5 million. It might have been cheaper if we put out $2.5 million in grants locally and it would have gotten done quicker.” He said the EPA air quality testing was part of a negotiated settlement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). “Do you really think FEMA cares about Brick Township?” he asked.

The Brick Township Police Department has chosen to outfit their patrol officer with the Dodge Charger Pursuit. Patrol Division is going retro by using Dodge again. The last time a Dodge was in the patrol fleet was in 1989 with the Dodge Diplomat.

BRICK--Jeffery Person, Ryan Osborn, Ryan Wynn and Mark Catalina were recently sworn in as Brick Township’s newest police officers. Here, the four post with Chief Nils R. Bergquist.


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The Ocean Signal | May 24th - June 6th, 2013

Island Heights “Island Heights & Beyond” Captures Life Then & Now

Island Heights 1933 Life and times of Island Heights in mid-May 1933 as compiled from sources within the Toms River Library’s Wheeler Room.


Mr. and Mrs. Dahenhardt and family leased the Truitt property on River Avenue for the summer...


The New Jersey Courier, in its own “Fifty Years Ago in Ocean County” column [funny how those 1933 writers looked back at 1888 with the same curiosity we do their era in 2013 - Editor] recalled that it was “fighting hard to prevent the [railroad] bridge over the river at Island Heights. But it proved a losing fight.”...


Misses Mary, Edith and Carol Leiper, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Garry Leiper of this place and Chestnut Hill, returned from school in Switzerland to spend the summer in the borough...

Don Roberts, trustee with the John F. Peto Studio Museum, gave a tour of the room containing images of the area following Hurricane Sandy, including these three photographs taken by Island Heights resident Frank Parisi depicting (clockwise, from top) the entrance sign at Funtown Amusement Pier in Seaside Park, with the pier itself mostly destroyed; Nelson’s Marina, Island Heights, which had boats scattered by the rushing floodwaters at Holly Cove and the Toms River; and the Central Avenue pavilion, seen submerged halfway up its first floor immediately following the storm. The following was provided attract many more year- er to paint and share ideas. Jane R. Crow. devastated our coastal area by the John F. Peto Studio round residents and artists. “Legacy” artists representIn “The New Millennium: in 2012. A mixture of beauMuseum. The Ocean County Art- ing this period featured The Artists’ Response” the tiful and disturbing images ISLAND HEIGHTS – will challenge the viewer to The latest exhibit at John see this event through local F. Peto Studio Museum artists’ eyes. Photography, here, “Island Heights & Bemixed media and original yond: The Artists Colony,” paintings from such artopened to the public this ists as Jean Wetta, Roddy week. Wildeman, John Bendel, Island Heights & Beyond: and Virginia Perle are on the Artists Colony is a view in this segment. multi-media exhibition foThe John F. Peto Studio cusing on the role played Museum is located at 102 by the Victorian-era BorCedar Avenue, and the Isough of Island Heights and land Heights and Beyond: surrounding coastal towns The Artists Colony is open as a retreat for artists from May 18th through from the 1880’s to modern August 25th. Admission times. is $10 for adults, $5 for Founded in 1878 by the children. The museum is Reverend Jacob B. Graw as open during the special exa Methodist Camp Meethibition on Saturdays and ing, Island Heights quickly Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. became a haven for artists, Group and private tours who came to spend their are available by appointsummers living and workment. For information, ing in the area’s beautiful ists Guild was established in the show include Ethel exhibit explores area art- email info@petomuseum. natural surroundings. The during this period by local Fisher, Edna Feerick, Rob- ists’ complex responses to org or call 732-929-4949. play of light between the artists who wanted to gath- ert Toth, Jano Taber and Hurricane Sandy, which waters of Barnegat Bay and the Toms River as well as the surrounding pine barrens continues to attract and fascinate artists to this day. John F. Peto specialized in “trompe l’oil” paintings, many of which are featured in the world’s major art museums. Peto was one of the first artists to live in Island Heights year-round. The exhibit is presented in Peto’s studio home, recently restored to historical standards under the direction of renowned architect Peter Califatti. During Peto’s day, many artist friends came from Philadelphia and other areas to visit and paint in the area. The exhibit includes several works from this “Original” era by Peto himself as well as paintings by Carl Buergerniss, Fred Wagner, Franklin D. Briscoe, Bessie Pease Gutmann, and Gerald Rutgers Hardenburg. During the mid-20th Century Island Heights and the Toms River residents Jennifer Manfredi and Wayne Dickinson were wed by Island Heights Mayor Jim Biggs in Letter Park on surrounding area began to May 5th. Members of the Island Heights First Aid Squad were in attendance as Jennifer is a volunteer member. Read the Ocean Signal online:

Island Heights Community Calendar Memorial Day Service

This Sunday, May 26th, the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company will, with representatives of the United Methodist Church of Island Heights, host the annual Memorial Day remembrance service. Services at the church on Ocean Avenue will begin at 9:30 am with a ceremony at Letter Park on Ocean and West End avenues to follow at approximately 10:30 am. Afterward, the fire company and church representatives will travel to the borough fire company grounds for a fireman’s memorial service. The public is invited to attend.

Cottage Museum Open

The Island Heights Cottage Museum, an 1880s-style Carpenter Gothic summer cottage located at 105 Simpson Avenue, is open free to the public Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm. Children are welcome and display cases change regularly. For more information, please e-mail or call (732) 929-2646.

Artist Guild Gallery Shows

The Ocean County Artists’ Guild, located in the circa 1879 Victorian cottage at 22 Chestnut Avenue, is featuring a members’ show on The Art of Printmaking until June 2nd, plus gallery shows of “Adventures in Color” by Bill Unger and “The Wonderful World of Mutts and Cats” by Barbara Keller. Open free to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. For more information, please call (732) 270-3111 or visit them online at

Barnegat Bay Fest

The 16th Annual Barnegat Bay Festival will take place at the Wanamaker Complex at East End and Van Sant avenues on Sunday, June 2nd from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Free to the public, activities include Yosi & Johnny in concert at 11 am; pontoon boat tours and a canoe eco-tour; an Atlantic City Aquarium touch tank; Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge; Kayak with Mermaid’s Cove Marina; Liberty Science Center’s interactive storm flood model; Rare Find Nursery native plant sale; “Green” exhibits and demonstrations; music by Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society, Acoustic Musicians Guild and the Top Hats; Guardian of Barnegat Bay awards; arts, craft food and more. For more information, please visit the Barnegat Bay Partnership online at http://bbp.ocean. edu or call (732) 914-8109.

Town-Wide Yard Sale

The annual borough-wide yard sale will take place on Saturday, June 8th from 9 am to 3 pm. Anyone interested in participating must obtain a $10 permit at borough offices between 9 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday, and 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday evenings. Permits obtained prior to June 5th will be included in the full garage sale map available to the public on June 7th at various locations, including borough hall, the New Corner Deli and Market, and the Island Heights Post Office. Rain date of the sale is Saturday, June 15th.


The Ocean Signal | May 24th - June 6th, 2013

Pine Beach Admiral Farragut Academy Alumni Return Commemorate 80th Year with Granite Marker on Former School Bluff by Erik Weber PINE BEACH - Eighty years after Admiral Samuel S. Robison first visited what was then known as the Pine Beach Inn, here, to finalize plans for the establishment of the nation’s first preparatory school with naval honors and just under 20 years since that same school saw its original campus closed, several hundred alumni and guests gathered on the public bluff area of what was once known as Farragut Lawn to remember their alma mater and commemorate its original northern campus in a ceremony attended by school luminaries, past officials and Pine Beach Mayor Lawrence Cuneo. A second campus opened in 1945 by the admiral and other founding academy members, including Brigadier General Cyrus Sugg Radford, USMC still operates in its original St. Petersburg, Florida campus today. David Lipsky (‘76) opened and conducted the commemoration ceremony, which included an alumni march down Hillside Avenue and onto the former campus led by current cadets of the southern campus and the singing of the national anthem by actor and alumni Lorenzo Lamas (‘75). Alumni Association President Art Musicaro (‘73) was the first speaker, who at times became emotional as strong memories washed over him along with regret over the northern campus’s closing and later demolition. “Last time I stood before a gathering on this campus was almost 40 years ago - June 2nd, 1973. I stood before a group of cadets and dismissed them at final formation at my graduation,” he said. “Who knew at that time that the campus wouldn’t be here 40 years later - but anyway, as we stand here today, we honor the 80th anniversary of the founding of this school, [which] lives today about 1,300 miles due south of here.” “It faces a body of water that’s slightly bluer than the body of water this school faced,” he continued, eliciting laughter from the crowd seated and standing within viewing distance of the murky green and brown waters of the Toms River. “It educates young men and women in many of the same traditions that we were educated in, and the school continues to produce graduates that go on to military service, leaders in business, industry, clergy, education and any walk of life.” “It’s not to say that all of our graduates are fine upstanding citizens,” the alumni president

joked, drawing more laughter from the crowd. “We’re a society; we have great graduates and we have some not great graduates, but nonetheless, we are a campus, we are a community.” Mr. Musicaro pointed out a southern campus graduate who made the trip north for the ceremony, and a more recent graduate who was a cadet when the school here shuttered in 1994 and made the decision to finish in St. Petersburg, graduating in 1998. “We have two of our alumni, the late Admiral Alan Shepard and Charlie Duke, one a graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy North in 1941 and the other a graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy South in 1954,” he continued. “Those two gentlemen are two of 12 moonwalkers. There are only 12 people that walked on the moon, and there’s only one school that can say two of their graduates walked on the moon, and it’s Admiral Farragut Academy, north or south.” “In closing, I’m going to ask you - take a moment. Close your eyes. Listen to the wind, smell the smells, do you hear the men? Do you hear the bells? And the daily announcements: Now hear this! The uniform of the day will be overcoats!” the alumni president stated. “How about the smell of food cooking from the mess hall in Farragut Hall? The drone of drums on the Sunday parade as we marched down Hillside to Riverside, through the gates and onto the parade ground? And the cheers from the football field. And then the sound of taps and the cannon sounding as the colors were retired at evening mess. That’s Admiral Farragut Academy.” He then thanked the commemoration committee, including Mr. Lipsky, Nick Morris (‘59), Mark Hollern (‘74) and the late Arturo Diaz (‘75), a master shipbuilder who passed away from cancer the previous Christmas eve but, it was stated by several present, whose focus on the school and the installation of the commemoration rock was a priority up to the end. Mayor Cuneo next took the podium, welcoming the alumni back to the borough. “It’s a little bit different probably than when you last left it, [but] we still have some of the traditions here, we still have some of the sounds and some of the activities going on,” he said. Pine Beach Borough purchased the main campus property several years after its closing as a way to protect itself by having a say in how the proper-

Admiral Mark H. “Buz” Buzby (‘75) addressed his fellow alumni during the marker commemoration ceremony on the former lawn of Admiral Farragut Academy.


ty would be redeveloped. The campus sat derelict for approximately ten years until it was demolished in the early 2000s and today is home to 16 luxury homes where the buildings once stood. The football field was preserved as open space and is used today as a soccer field in what the town dubbed “Vista Park,” which also now includes a playground, field house, basketball courts and the open public passive recreation area on the bluff. “Just as you guys have friendships and memories from when you were here, we are still creating these friendships and memories in a different way,” he continued, jokingly apologizing to longtime academy football coach, Stan Slaby, that the field was now used for soccer. “We welcome you, please come back and visit us anytime.” Capt. Robert Fine, the current school headmaster, next spoke and also thanked the commemoration marker committee, adding that the “brotherhood” of the northern campus alumni is “really something special.” He also gave an update of the southern campus, stating that it was “alive and well” with over 400 students, 60 of whom would graduate this spring, many going onto “study around some of the selective colleges and universities around the United States.” Mr. Lipsky then returned to the podium and spoke about the importance of the granite marker, which bears a plaque outlining the history of the school’s founding and first 60 years of operations in Pine Beach. “We stand here, by the river blue, and are flush with memories of our youth. The time we spent here, along these shores at Admiral Farragut, has great importance to us. We learned in the classrooms, we learned on the playing fields, and we learned on the formation blocks,” he said. “Above all else, we learned that the friendships we forged here are of great importance and have stayed with us all these years... Today there are lovely homes that grace the landscape where Farragut, Dupont, Clark, Robison, Shepard, Dodge and Radford halls once stood. Yet today, we can still see those buildings, hear the footsteps of a battalion marching in unison, and the laughter coming from the dormitories.” Mr. Lipsky then paid tribute to Mr. Diaz, his late friend and fellow marker committee member, who he said started the effort and later, when he was diagnosed with cancer, asked Mr. Lipsky to take his place at the commemoration ceremony. “Art’s wife, Lisa Diaz, joins us in honor of her husband to witness his dream to become a reality,” said Mr. Lipsky. “In reality, this marker is much more than just a place. This marker is not a memorial to any specific class or individual or the armed forces. It is a marker to our alma mater and all the outstanding members of “Farragut

Nation” since 1933. That includes those who served in the military, who contributed to our society in the private sector, in public service, to their kin and to their communities. This marker seeks to embrace and honor every member of the Farragut family. It is a symbol of respect and remembrance for the sacrifices our parents made to send us here. Of the fine faculty who influenced us, of our fellow cadets, living and deceased, and of our own individual youth. Our rites of passage and personal growth... and also marks the 80th anniversary of the founding of the academy.” H continued: “The memorial consists of raw, gray granite boulder; from such stones, cobblestones were made. Cobblestones were used as ballast on ships to give them stability, similar to the way the Farragut experience gave us stability. To which a cast bronze plaque has been attached. All materials from the U.S.A. - the boulder from a quarry in Maine, the plaque from a foundry in Philadelphia. This memorial not only recognizes our alma mater, but also marks an important historical aspect to the Pine Beach community. This committee raised just in excess of $10,000 to build our monument donated by members of the alumni community... Your fingerprints have been placed on this historic monument for many generations to come. Thank you.” Mr. Lipsky also thanked Yvonne and Paul Bick, residents of the new corner home that stands where part of Farragut Hall once stood, now backed up to the marker. Mrs. Bick planted tulips around the marker prior to the commemoration ceremony, which were in bloom that day. Mrs. Diaz then approached the podium, thanking those present on behalf of her late husband, and introduced Rear Admiral Mark Howard “Buz” Buzby (‘75), a close friend and associate of her husband’s who was a battalion commander and class salutatorian at the academy, and later attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy with Mr. Diaz at Kings Point, New York. Later in their careers, the friends had the opportunity to work together, with Mr. Diaz designing and building many ships used in Admiral Buzby’s fleet. “It is so awesome to look out onto this audience - I wish you could all be up here to look out and see what I’m seeing, this great sea of friends, shipmates, the river blue behind us, the towering pines... I guess there’s a pine around here someplace,” he joked, noting the absence of pitch pines at the present day bluff when “towering pines” is part of the academy’s school song, drawing laughter from those gathered. “But it’s wonderful to be back here this morning for this very special occasion at this very special place. I know that many of us who are former cadets here at the Pine Beach campus are

standing here or sitting here this morning, thinking back 20, 30, 40, 60 years ago, remembering the first time we saw this place; the first time we came down the road and gazed across this lawn and saw Farragut Hall there. And some of us maybe got a little shiver, as, ‘What we had gotten ourselves into? Why was my mom and dad bringing me here?’” More laughter. “But this was the first step in our journey to manhood for many of us,” the admiral continued. “I know it certainly was for me. The physical elements that define Admiral Farragut Academy may be long gone, but the vivid memories of our campus still exist in the perfect sanctity of our memories. This morning as we gather as brothers, we share the common rite of passage, to dedicate a modest reminder of the good that happened in this place from 1933 to 1994. A place that launched young men and women into readiness to defend our country during World War II, during Korea, during Vietnam, throughout the Cold War, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and a host of other places around the world where leadership and character were in demand. It’s a place that launched decades of young men and women into purpose-driven lives. It’s a place that launched a young man into space, and ultimately, to the moon and back. This place. This place was a place of consequence in the lives of thousands of youngsters. It should not be relegated to a fading memory.” Admiral Buzby then also recalled the path toward wanting and attaining a permanent marker at the site of the former northern campus, recalling warmly his friendship with Mr. Diaz. “Right onto his final days, Artie was adamant that he would be here today to see this project that he envisioned through to its conclusion,” he said. “That’s the kind of engineer and that’s the kind of shipbuilder that he was. Tenacious, meticulous, exacting, and complete. I know because he built those ships for me.” “He was also very, very clear, that this marker was to be about Farragut,” the admiral continued. “Not about him or what he had been doing to bring it to pass. ‘No,’ he said. ‘This was for all of us. Every one of us who walked these paths, tackled the tough math problems in the classrooms, or performed on the athletic field.’ I offer that his attitude and his belief in what this marker is all about personifies the solidarity and spirit and good that was imbued into so many thousands of young lives who passed this way and were better for it. By his words, and his deeds, our brother Artie

Pine Beach 1933 Life and times of Pine Beach in mid-May 1933 as compiled from sources within the Toms River Library’s Wheeler Room.


Many summer residents arrived and opened their cottages for the coming warm seasons over several weekends and various weekdays in May...


Admiral S.S. Robison, USN, retired, and former superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, visited the borough to review the proposed site of the Admiral David Farragut naval academy at the former Pine Beach Inn buildings and grounds located on Poplar Point. With the admiral were Capt. Fred C. Patton of the Army, Capt. Jackson A. Lahn of the Navy Reserve, Mr. Edgar C. VanDyke, Ensign Robert Patton of the Navy and H.E. Reice of a Philadelphia newspaper. Mr. Reice reported that plans for the academy were moving forward and while they did not expect to be ready in time for the proposed summer school, or camp, that year, they had approximately 50 cadets ready to enroll for the course beginning that fall, when they expected to be fully opened... provided us with all that needs to be said and dedication of this humble marker, this reminder of a place that nurtured future leaders and will always be the place where the silver and the blue will always be flown.” Following Admiral Buzby’s remarks, the Admiral Farragut Academy Exhibition Drill Team led a performance on the eastern side of the bluff area, the first time cadets had done so since the campus’s closing. Afterward, the granite marker, which had been covered by a dark blue school flag, was unveiled and the ceremony ended. Later that evening the alumni reconvened at their fourth annual gathering banquet, this year at the Ramada Inn of Toms River, where many more stories were told and traded and memories of the former campus combined with hopes for the current one. For more information about Admiral Farragut Academy, visit them online at

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The Ocean Signal | May 24th - June 6th, 2013


POLICE BLOTTER able Francis R. Hodgson, Jr., J.S.C. sentenced Gonzalez to 45 years, with no chance of parole until 29 ½ years of his sentence is served. The case investigated by the Lakewood Police Department, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, and Federal Department of ATF was prosecuted by Ocean County Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michel A. Paulhus.


On May 17th, 2013, Patrolman Paul Catalina of the Brick Township Police Department and K-9 Duke graduated from the Toms River Police Department Canine Academy, class number seven. The K-9 academy is a vigorous 16-week school where the handlers and dogs, working as a team, are trained in criminal apprehension, crowd control, tracking, building searches, article searches, obedience and agility.


May 16: The results of an autopsy conducted by the Ocean County Medical Examiner in the Manchester Township, Anthony “Tony” Verdicchio case. The autopsy found the victim’s cause of death to be from multiple blunt force traumas to the head and face. The manner of death is ruled a Homicide. Anyone with information should contact the Manchester Township Police at 732-657-6111, May 9: Alexi Y. Montoya Redondo, 40, of Stafford, NJ, was arrested for the Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography. The arrest is the result of a cooperative investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security / Immigrations & Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE) into Mr. Redondo sharing and possessing child pornography movie files. This is the second arrest in the past week by members of Ocean County’s High Tech Crime Unit for Possession of Child Pornography. May 6: There was an indictment by the Ocean County Grand Jury against Jason B. Walsh, 41, of Berkeley Township. The charges are the result of an investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Toms River Police Department, and New Jersey Department of Parole into Mr. Walsh successfully infiltrating a youth serving organization contrary to the provisions of the New Jersey Sex Offender statutes. May 3: Jaime Gonzalez, 43, of Lakewood was sentenced for the 2009 shooting of Lakewood Police Officers. The Honor-

May 18: At 4:30 am, a caller contacted police headquarters to report a vehicle being driven erratically. Officers checking for the vehicle located and conducted a motor vehicle stop with it on Brewers Bridge Road. During the investigation a quantity of marijuana was recovered and after roadside testing a 22 year old female who was operating the vehicle was arrested and charged with: Driving While Intoxicated, Failure to Maintain Lane, Reckless Driving and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance while Operating a Motor Vehicle. May 16: During a motor vehicle stop at 12:15 am on Bennetts Mills Road, a 31 year old female was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Millstone Township. She was processed and released after posting bail. May 16: At 12:46 am, a 43 year old male was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Jackson. He was processed and released after posting bail. May 16: At 1:15 am, Officers responded to check Bennetts Mills Road near the Hess on the report of a silver Grand Prix being driven erratically. The vehicle was located, parked crooked across multiple parking spaces at the WaWa across the street from the Hess. The driver was found, apparently sleeping in the front seat of the car. After determining that the driver had been operating the vehicle and detecting that he had been drinking, sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was then placed under arrest and the vehicle was impounded. The driver, a 62 year old resident of Toms River, was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to Breath Testing and Reckless Driving. He was processed and released on summons pending a court appearance. May 16: At 3:00 pm, Officers arrested a 32 year old male resident of Jackson on outstanding warrants out of Ocean County and Howell Township. He was processed and later turned over to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department when he was unable to post bail. May 15: At 3:33 am, Officers responded to a residence on Louisiana Parkway on the report of a motor vehicle crash and the driver of a vehicle slumped over the steering wheel. During the incident, the officers had to break a window in the vehicle to remove the unresponsive driver. The 30

year old male resident of Toms River who had been driving was transported for medical attention. He was later charged with: Driving While Intoxicated, Open Alcoholic Beverage in a Motor Vehicle, Unlicensed Driver and Reckless Driving. He was released on summons pending a court appearance May 14: A 34 year old male resident of Wilmington Delaware has been charged in connection with a Sexual Assault which reportedly took place at Six Flags Great Adventure on April 27, 2013. On May 7, 2013, the Delaware State Police made the Jackson Township Police Department aware of the incident after the 12 year old female victim who had been on a class trip to Great Adventure reported the incident. An investigation led to the arrest of Glen F. San-Andreas, age 34 of Wilmington Delaware. He was a parental chaperone on the class trip when it was alleged he took the victim to a secluded area and assaulted her. Mr. San-Andreas was charged with Second Degree Sexual Assault and Second Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Bail was set at $125,000.00 and he is currently lodged in Delaware pending extradition to New Jersey.


May 14: Toms river Police responded to Silver Beach Road at 2 p.m. to a call that 24 foot boat that was fully engulfed by fire. Fire units from Ocean Beach, Seaside Heights and Lavallette responded and quickly extinguished the fire. The boat located in the front yard was totally destroyed and the fire damaged the vinyl siding on the front of the two story home. A 68 year old man Normandy Beach man was taken to Brick Hospital for burns to his hand and foot. The man stated he was working on the boat and it caught fire when he turned the engine on. May 13: Officer Robert Westfall and Detective Thomas Dimichele investigated an arson incident that occurred at 6 p.m. The investigation found that a small fire was started at the rear of a home under construction at 1871 Old Freehold Road. Pleasant Plains Fire Dept. found another small fire was started in the basement. There was no damage and police are looking for two white male juveniles that were on bikes who were observed in the arera just prior to the fire being found. Anyone with information can call 349-0150 ext 1333. May 10: A worker for Landscaping Designs reported while working at a yard on Todd Road, unknown suspects in a black truck entered their trailer and removed Red may Industrial Blower and a Red may Weed whacker valued at $800. Officer Samantha Sutter is investigating the theft. May 10: Officer Ron Karkovice and Chris Leighton are investigating a burglary

that occurred at 11 a.m. on Friday at a residence on West Earl Court. A male suspect was observed by the home and entered the backyard then was observed carrying a brown paper bag to Batchlor Street where he got picked up by a small black compact car. The suspect apparently entered a rear slider and removed jewelry from the home. He is described as a white male 20’s , thin build, wearing blue jeans, and a blue flannel shirt.


Lakewood Civilian Safety Watch (LCSW). May 20: During the 48 hour period between May 18-19 weekend, 27 motor vehicle accidents were reported in the township. May 19: A woman who was ejected from her vehicle on the Garden State Parkway at 11pm was able to leave the hospital one hour later. She swerved to avoid a deer and her vehicle collided with a tree, ejecting her. She was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center by Jersey Shore Hatzolah. May 19: Two men were arrested at about 2 AM after the LCSW was called about two men entering a vacant home. Responding LCSW units kept an eye on the suspects and phoned police, who arrived a short time later and arrested the men still inside the home.


May 13: : On May 13th, 2013, at approximately 10:00p.m., Brick Twp. Police Officers responded to an armed robbery in the area of 150 Brick Boulevard. A female was located in her vehicle to the rear of the building. The victim had puncture wounds on her right side, several lacerations on her hand and a contusion on her head. The Victim stated that after she entered her vehicle, a male subject, who appeared intoxicated, pulled her out of her vehicle and put a knife to her throat. The suspect then stabbed the victim her in the side and cut her. He demanded the contents of her pocket book, which included an undetermined amount of cash, medication, and jewelry. Officers surrounded the immediate area to search for the suspect. Assisting in the search was the Brick Township Police Detective Bureau, Brick Police K-9 unit, the Lakewood and Toms River Police Departments, and the NJ State Police Aviation Unit. The search continued until 3:00am with negative results. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’ 00 tall, having a full beard, wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Suspect fled towards the area of Lions Head Office Park on foot. Anyone with information regarding the armed robbery is asked to contact Det. Robert Shepherd at (732) 262-1112 or Det. Thomas Cooney at (732) 262-4708.

May 16: At 1:07 pm,a two vehicle crash occurred on NJ Route 70, at mile marker 43.1. A 1994 Toyota 4-Runner, being operated by Lee R Chism 3rd (age 30) of Pennsauken, NJ was traveling west on NJ Route 70, when his vehicle crossed the center line and entered into the east bound lane and impacted a 2000 Plymouth Grand Voyager, being operated east bound on NJ Route 70 by Donald W. Labella (age 57) of Tinton Falls, NJ. The initial impact was head on. Mr. Chism was traveling alone. Mr. Chism was transported to Jersey Shore University Hospital, Neptune, to be treated for his injuries to his arms and chest. Mr.

Labella was traveling with John Goodman (age 61) of Ocean, NJ. Mr. Labella was pronounced dead, at the scene and Mr. Goodman was transported to Jersey Shore University Hospital, Neptune for his leg injury. May 4: At 3:26 pm, a two vehicle crash occurred on NJ Route 70, at mile marker 36.2 in Manchester Township. A 2001 Honda Accord, being operated by Jason E. Feliciano (age 28) of Philadelphia, PA was traveling east on NJ Route 70, when Mr. Feliciano attempted to pass several vehicles in front of him. Mr. Feliciano entered into the west bound lane and impacted a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, being operated west bound on Route 70 by Elizabeth M. Froelich (age 54) of Browns Mills, NJ and the impact was head on. Mr. Feliciano was transported to Community Medical Center, Toms River, where he was pronounced dead at 7pm.

CLICK IT OR TICKET Officers from multiple Ocean County agencies will be cracking down on unbuckled motorists and passengers as part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign. Beginning May 20 and running through June 2, the annual initiative includes high visibility law enforcement seat belt checkpoints and saturation patrols, as well as local and national publicity designed to ensure that drivers and passengers recognize the life-saving value of seat belts.


via The Lakewood Scoop www.thelakewoodscoop. com May 20: Three men were arrested for burglarizing a home on 2nd Street at 8pm and cutting copper pipe from the basement according to police and the

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South Toms River Elementary School 4th Graders planting a tree as part of their Arbor Day Program.

TOMS RIVER--Mrs. Seiler’s second grade class completed a unit from the Lucy Calkins writing program titled “Authors as Mentors.” They studied various authors, but focused on one in particular, Angela Johnson. The children created their own small moments or many moments stories and they tried to incorporate Angela’s techniques into their writing. As a way of celebrating their hard work, her class invited Mrs. Fornoro’s kindergarten students to listen to their stories. The students also enjoyed cookies and juice as part of the celebration.

School Board Spotlight: Theresa Schiazza, Jackson

In many ways, a community is only as good as its volunteers, which is why Jackson can consider itself fortunate to count Theresa Schiazza as one of its residents. Upon moving to Jackson 11 years ago with her husband, Bill, and two children, Alexis and Michael, Mrs. Schiazza embraced the community and recognized it as an ideal place to raise her family. Looking to become active in their new town, the Schiazzas began volunteering for various organizations rooted in their children’s interests, such as the Ocean County Girl Scouts, Jackson Softball, The Karate Dojo, Jackson Little League, the Lucy Holman Elementary School PTO, and the Jackson School District’s Board of Education. Theresa’s dedication and diligent efforts to extend help throughout the community culminated with her election onto the board of education in April 2009. Over the years, Mrs. Schiazza logged countless hours volunteering at the Lucy Holman Elementary School, from the planning and implementation of PTO events and chairing school fundraisers to the development of student programs that integrate education and

community awareness. “I think school programs are a great opportunity to create social awareness and develop support for Jackson community groups like our veterans and the Jackson Food Pantry,” she said. “I encourage students to become active participants in their community as they learn.” In 2007, Mrs. Schiazza accepted nomination as PTO president of the Holman Organization of Parents and Educators (HOPE). While serving in this capacity, she joined the community budget committee hosted by the board of education in order to gain better insight into the school district’s spending and allocation of funds. Once elected to the board of education, she could no longer fundraise or serve in the capacity of PTO president, but her volunteer efforts in the school district continued full speed ahead. During her three years on the board of education, Mrs. Schiazza served on various committees involving athletics, transportation, and environmental initiatives; she also has been the board’s PTO liaison, spearheading the district-wide going green initiative and working alongside district administrators and school PTO leaders to develop the e-backpack and an updated district website. Through these two developments in communication alone, the Jackson School District realized a drastic reduction in paper consumption, copier supplies, postage, and labor as they cut down on routine mailings. The result: over $75,000 saved annually, she

said. When asked to assess her initial three-year term on the board of education and to lend an eye to the future, Mrs. Schiazza stated: “My first term was quite challenging as we worked diligently to adhere to state budget reforms. I think the next few years will also prove challenging for the board as our district prepares for a new superintendent, a new staff evaluation system, the new Common Core State Standards Initiative, and a new standardized student learning assessment.” Embracing her opportunity to serve as the board of education’s PTO liaison, she continues to have a strong tie with all of the district’s PTO/ PTA groups as she knows first-hand how much work, time, and planning is involved for these volunteers. “Our parent groups do an extraordinary job in each school to enhance our students’ educational experiences,” Mrs. Schiazza noted. “I encourage all parents to become active members of their school’s parent organization in any way their schedules allow. Giving the simple gift of your time is rewarding and will create treasured memories with your children.” Although Jackson Township may be large in physical size, the perennial school volunteer remarked on the closeness of her community, thanks in part to all of the volunteers and their untiring efforts to make each community event, organization, and fundraiser a success. - written by Christa Riddle, owner of All About Writing, www.allaboutwritingconsulting. com

Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, where the TRN girls track team won the 4 X 100, and the 4 X 400. The members of the both teams are: (from l to r) Ciara O’Neill, Tifani Byrd, Christina Gerew, Danae O’Halloran, Halima Diawara, and Lola Popoola.

Students from each of Toms River’s high schools received the Outstanding Chemistry Student Award for 2013 from the American Chemical Society. The ceremony was held at Georgian Court University on May 14, 2013.

North Student to Have Art Displayed in U.S. Capitol Building

Toms River HS North student Carli Grace is the first student from Toms River Schools to win the “Best in Show” in the Congressional Art Competition. Carli’s work will be hanging in the Capitol building for a year. Chris Lesniak, also from Toms River HS North, won 1st place his work will hang in the Toms River office. Congratulations Winners of the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.

Students from the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights take a final look at the Jet Star Roller Coaster on Tueday, May 14th, after playing boardwalk games with Governor Chris Christie and Prince Harry of Wales. The school has been closed since being flooded by Hurricane Sandy and is expected to reopen in September for the 2013-14 school year.


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BUSINESS The Show Must Go On!

At the Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shop

by Phil Stilton LAVALETTE—Over the past decade, the Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shop has grown to become a tourist attraction for barrier island vacationers and locals alike. Day after day throughout the

summer, the cast performs children’s shows during the day and a mix of Vaudeville and Broadway at night. When Hurricane Sandy struck the borough, it brought with it a tidal surge that swept through here. While Lavallette escaped the massive structural losses that

destroyed entire neighborhoods five blocks south in Ortley Beach, the Music Man suffered flood damage and had to be completely gutted and rebuilt. It’s one of the reasons that just six months later, Aggie Roberts and his staff were able to reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend. “We had four and a half feet of water all around,” Mr. Roberts said. “When we came in afterwards, there was an inch and a half of mud.” The ice cream shop proprietor said he had just finished upgrading his store’s bathrooms two days before the storm’s landfall. An unlikely kitchen feature saved the building from major structural damage. “What saved us in the kitchen was that the water went down the floor drains, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, but they eventually got clogged up,” he said. “Had the water not had anywhere to go, things could have been far worse for us.” When the building was stripped down to the brick walls, 1970s-era brown and orange linear paint job was exposed, which Mr. Roberts suspected was the décor of the Laundromat that operated in the building at the time. The ice cream shop’s overhaul, he added, had a silver lining. “The place before was a bit of a mess behind the walls with outdated electri-

Jackson Barbershop Celebrates Second Anniversary

by Christine Quigley JACKSON—Two years ago, Marc Storaci, owner of a small line of regional barbershops, rolled the dice and took a chance at opening a new location here, during a down economy. Conducting an extensive demographic study of the 100-squaremile township, he chose the Cassville section for the expansion that was to be called the Jackson Barbershop, part of the TBS Barbershop chain. The area, once home to a vibrant Orthodox Russian community that for decades also served as a popular summer retreat,

drawing thousands of vacationers, today is in approximately the end of a second decade of transition as many of those original Russian families have moved on. Rova Farms, the once bustling resort, is now shuttered and the neighborhood area is now a mix of longtime locals and newer, younger families. Mr. Storaci said the new location has been a success as the community has embraced his old-fashioned style barbershop, located on a busy stretch of Route 571 that links Toms River and the coastal Ocean County communities to Route 195.

Jackson Barbershop is staffed with four experienced and conscientious barbers: Salina, the shop manager, Tyler, Michelle, and Vince. “All are personable and genuinely aim to please,” Mr. Storaci said. “In fact, when they aren’t cutting hair, it isn’t unusual to see them offering a neighborly wave and a smile to passersby while standing next to the big sidewalk barber pole.” The shop is kept clean and sanitary and prices are competitive - they will also accept any competitor’s printed ads. Seniors, police, volunteer emergency personnel and active military also receive discounts. While Mr. Storaci and his staff all agree that it’s hard to believe two years have passed, he said, “My staff would also tell you that opening in Jackson has turned out to be a perfect opportunity. They would also tell you that it’s just the beginning of what has already become a staple business in a great community.” To learn more about Storaci’s chain of TBS Barbershops, visit http:// w w w. tb s b a r b e r s hop s . com/.

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cal wiring and decades of work done on top of each other,” the shop owner said. “So if there’s a positive here, it’s almost as if we got a brand new building.” Rebuilding was made easier with the team’s desire to retain as much as they could from the structure. “We did our best to salvage as much as we can and our insurance company was very receptive that we did our best not to throw anything away,” he added. During the reconstruction period, Mr. Roberts recalled the outpouring of support from his audience and staff as being phenomenal. While many loyal customers offered assistance, the dire situation in neighboring communities prevented him from being able to accept any of the volunteer help being offered from fans young and old. “We had many people volunteer to help us, but it wasn’t a safe environment for young people to come and help, plus access to the island was still closed,” he said. “Since the restrictions were here, we couldn’t accept their offer, we had to hire professional contractors, which, of course, raised the costs of repairing for us.” With their grand re-opening this weekend, Mr. Roberts said the support he needs now is for fans to come back and enjoy a show this summer and to support neighboring businesses in Lavallette.

The 2013 season cast of the Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shot met Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday, May 21.

File photo provided by Aggie Roberts. Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shop in Lavallette.

Farley’s Homemade Ice Cream Reopens After 14 Month Absence by Phil Stilton JACKSON—After a nearly 14-month hiatus, Farley’s Homemade Ice Cream finally reopened in their new location on Brewer’s Bridge Road in the Anilop Plaza here. During that time, this township was without a non-franchised ice cream shop. Owner John Burnetsky said those months seemed like an eternity as unexpected delays in relocating his store, which became a Jackson favorite over the previous 16 years, caused him to miss the entire 2012 summer season. “Everywhere I went, people would always ask me when we’re reopening. It got to the point where I was almost embarrassed because it took so long,” he said. “But knowing that our customers waited for us and lined up the weekend we opened means we did something right. There were times when I almost didn’t want to leave the house and go out in public.” Through most of 2012 and the early part of 2013, several frozen yogurt shops opened in the township, including one next door to his former storefront on County Line Road. Although Mr. Burnetsky now competes with nearby Rita’s, Baskin Robbins and Friendly’s Scoops franchises, he says he’s comfortable knowing that his is the only location that makes homemade ice cream daily on premise. “If you look inside their

John Burnetsky, owner of Farley’s Ice Cream in Jackson turning on the “open” sign for the first time in his new store. freezer and you see the ice cream coming out of cardboard containers, you can be sure it wasn’t made on the premises,” he said. “We make all of our ice cream right here in the store.” In the first few days of being open, lines formed out the doors at Farley’s. While the rush of customers have

put smiles on the faces of his waiting customers, Mr. Burnetsky said he’s glad he’s not going to have to those awkward moments at the supermarket about when Farley’s is reopening, because he can now proudly say that Farley’s is open seven days a week.


The Ocean Signal | May 24th - June 6th, 2013

Champions Again: TR East Wins Another OCT Title

by Mark Blumenthal

Mariners Win Ocean County Tournament Final by Phil Stilton TOMS RIVER - After walking the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th inning with a 2-0 lead, Toms River North pitcher Steve Slagmolen faced Jackson Memorial catcher Matt Thaiss. Thaiss, who already had two home runs against Slagmolen this season, came into the batter’s box with the psychological advantage. First pitching high to load the bases, Slagmolen then settled in and struck out Nick Dabrio for the first out of the inning before settling a score with

Thaiss, striking the University of Virginia prospect out. With two outs

Madison Lukosius (L) and Sydney Scelfo, members of Brick Memorial’s New Jersey Group III championship bowling team have announced they will continue their bowling careers in college. Ms. Lukosius will bowl for Long Island University while Ms. Scelfo will continue her bowling success at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The Brick Memorial High School 4x400m relay team won the first section championship in the event in school history. Left to Right: Brian Reiss, Greg Forca, Coach Cutts, Logan Zalinsky, Tristan Gibson.


and bases loaded, Spencer Young stepped up to the plate, but grounded to short stop for the final out of the game as the Mariners clinched their first Ocean County Tournament (OCT) Championship in 13 years. After not having much success in recent years against Jackson Memorial, Coach Ted Schelmay said, “It’s about time we took care of business against Jackson. We were seeded number two, but we had four games and four shutouts, I’m not sure that’s ever been done before in this tournament.” Mariners’ starting pitcher Ron Marinaccio pitched 5 innings and gave up just 2 hits with 7 strikeouts. Slagmolen came on in the 6th inning, struck out 3 and got his second save of the season. Matt Guarino pitched 6 innings for Jackson and gave up two runs on five hits. Spencer Young pitched in relief for Jackson and retired the side in order. Mariners’ Carl Blum went 2 for 4 and Carmen Sclafani went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Brandon Janofsky and Matt Thaiss had the two lone hits for Jackson Memorial. The OCT final may not be the last time these two face each other this season with high stakes on the line as there’s a strong possibility the two may go a few more rounds in the shore conference and state tournaments. “That’s the way it’s been happening the past couple of years,” said Coach Schelmay.

TOMS RIVER–For the record, record-setting pitcher Jordan Weed claimed the Most Valuable Player honor at the Ocean County Tournament after throwing her Toms River High School East team to a 10-0 victory over Toms River North in the championship game at Toms River South on Tuesday. But the honor could have gone to a number of people. And the person who wouldn’t have minded that the most was none other than Weed herself. “Before my name was mentioned, I was thinking it was Val Hirschfeld,” said Weed of her battery mate. “I called it … and I was wrong. But I give her a lot of credit for what she did.” Hirschfield is one of the younger “unsungs” on the East softball team. And while seniors like Weed and shortstop Sara Bencivenga get a lot of the notoriety, it’s the underclassmen who have made a big difference in this East team, according to Debbie Schwartz, who added on to her record total of nine championships as East mentor, including the last three and five of the last seven. “Jordan Weed had a hell of a tournament, but so did Val and she could have been MVP of the tournament,” Schwartz said. “Val stepped up in a big way and she helped to break this game open. It settled Jordan down. Kudos to Val, then the support on the defense — Jodi Bruno played well (at third base). Taylor Dziedzic had four hits and a nice catch in right field. (Second baseman) Cassie Varvaro made some plays over at first base and had three hits. By collecting 14 hits, East tied its own team record from beating Lacey in the 1994 championship, 9-5. And Dziedzic’s four hits tied her with East’s Aamy Mullane in that same ’94 final for most hits by one

player in the championship. As a matter of fact, the top two hitters in the East lineup — Dziedzic and Varvaro — were a combined 7-for-9 with five runs scored and an RBI. Hirschfeld was 2-for-4 with the back-breaking hit of the game in the third inning, a two-run single that turned into an error by right fielder Chrissy Ribaudo that allowed a third run to score on the play, taking the game from 1-0 to 4-0. All this happened while North coach Mary Ellen Tutzauer was forced to scramble after regular starter Ashley Hussey was not available to pitch. Tutzauer stuck junior varsity pitcher

2011 against New Egypt. Weed was on her way to an OCT championship as a pitcher in 2012 when her team’s final with New Egypt on North’s field was called in the fourth inning when a terrential downpour flooded North’s field and put the game on hold. New Egypt, having to play the state Group I championship two days later, decided it was not interested in finishing the game, meaning East took the forfeit win. “We thought we were the winners last year, so no, it didn’t take away any bitterness from what happened,” said Schwartz, whose team was winning

Ally Vandenberg, a freshman on the mound for this one and she did a good job in holding her own the first three innings. It marked the first time a pitcher ever started an OCT championship without throwing a single inning of varsity “She did a hell of a job for her first time,” said Weed of Vandenberg. Weed finished with a six-hit shutout, allowing three walks while striking out 10 Mariners. Weed became the first pitcher in OCT history to not allow an earned run in her four starts on the mound. Weed struck out 55 batters in four games, coming up two strikeouts short of the mark set by New Egypt’s Emily Bausher in the 2010 tournament. Weed became the first pitcher in OCT championship history to win two championships via shutout, including the no-hitter in

that game 2-0 when the rains came. “We left that field with a 2-0 lead and I was pretty confident we earned that title. It was just a shame we didn’t get a chance to play it out. “Coming into this game, it was a new year, new drive, new start … all in.” Before the championship, a moment of silence was observed in honor of former tournament director Tim Osborn, the Jackson Liberty coordinator of athletics and football coach who suddenly passed away on April 13. Osborn had taken leadership of the tournament in 2012. After that, Bonnie Shapiro Dusza, who earned Top Hitter honors of the 1993 Ocean County Tournament when North stormed to the championship as a fourth seed, tossed out the first pitch to North catcher Reilly.

A League of their Own Seniors from Jackson’s Four Seasons at Metedeconk Lakes and Four Seasons at South Knolls are trying to expand their two team softball league to include surrounding retirement communities. Each Saturday morning, the two teams take to the field at Jackson’s Justice Complex softball field. Chuck Grabina said they would like to see the field of play grow to more teams and invite senior communities from the Ocean and Monmouth area to field teams to hopefully one day form a league. Call (732) 928-9290 for information. For advertising, call 732-833-2365

The Ocean Signal | May 24th - June 6th, 2013

Jackson Wins 2 Spring AYF Football Titles

BRICK—Three New Jersey American Youth Football League spring season champions were crowned on Saturday, May 18th. The Toms River Raiders and two teams from the Jackson Jaguars AYF programs won their respective grade bracket championships In the 4th/5th grade bracket, Toms River Raiders defeated Manalapan 18-7. In the 6th/7th grade bracket, Jackson defeated Berkeley 34-19. In the 8th/9th grade bracket, Jackson defeated Holmdel 38-6. Top: Jackson Jaguar 8th/9th grade champions. Bottom: Toms River Raiders 4th/5th grade champions.

Frazier Baseball Continued prove their skills at throwing, bunting, base running, fielding, game play, game strategizing and Charlie’s specialty, hitting. Around the same time, Frazier Baseball gained another opportunity to grow when Phil Hueston, one of All-Star Sports Academy’s owners, approached Charlie about bringing his baseball instruction to his academy’s well-known sports and fitness training facility in Toms River. On September 1st, the baseball nets went up and Charlie did his first lesson at Frazier Baseball’s new home on September 4th. At its new location, Frazier Baseball offers indi-

Scores & Standings All standings, scores and statistics as of May 19, 2013 TOMS RIVER L.L. Major League Standings Giants 13-0; Yankees 9-4; White Sox 9-4; Dodgers 8-5;Mariners 6-6; Cardinals 5-8; Diamondbacks 2-12;Athletics 0-13. Recent Scores: May 16Whitesox 8 Cardinals 7; Mariners 10 Diamondbacks 6. May 14-Whitesox 33 Mariners 5. May 13-Dodgers 15 Athletics 2; Giants 14 Yankees 8; Cardinals 15 Diamondbacks 1. TOMS RIVER EAST L.L.

Frazier Baseball a Hit in Toms River

by Christa RIddle In Toms River, the last name Frazier is synonymous with baseball. All three of the Frazier brothers - Charles, Jeff, and Todd - achieved every player’s dream of making it to the big leagues. Charles, known as Charlie, was drafted out of high school by the Florida Marlins in 1999, bypassing his Rutgers University scholarship to play professionally. He went on to represent

the Marlins at the Midwest League All-Stars in 2002. Jeff, after playing with success for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2004; he now plays for the Chicago Cubs. Todd, the youngest brother, currently plays for the Cincinnati Reds, which drafted him as the 34th overall MLB draft pick in 2007. Back in 1998, Todd experienced fame at 12 years old - his pitching and hitting helped lead his Toms River East All- Stars team to clinch the Little League World Series. This year, Jeff decided to hang up his professional baseball spikes and while Todd still plays in the majors, their oldest sibling,

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Charlie, has channeled his talents into youth baseball coaching and instruction. “I felt all of my experiences - learning under the coaching talents of Ken Frank at Toms River South High School, competing against the best of the best during my six years on the Florida Marlins, and now becoming the assistant baseball coach at my former high school - would be an asset as a baseball instructor,” he explained. Last March, after coaching individual lessons to a few kids a week, Charlie founded Frazier Baseball with the passion to teach young players how to hit the ball. Last August, Frazier Baseball hosted its first baseball camp, helping players im-

vidual and group training sessions with per lesson and package availability, as well as cage rentals and player clinics. The climate-controlled, indoor cages also allow training for teams and players as preparation for the upcoming spring season. This winter, the Frazier brothers united to host several clinics between the months of November and February. “With what I have learned and have been taught over the years, I look forward to teaching our young, upcoming athletes. My main hope is that these young players understand it doesn’t stop when the

lesson ends. They have to go home and practice what I have taught them. Discipline and dedication are important for success in sports,” said Charlie. Those coached by Charlie often remark on his contagious passion for baseball. This, along with his understandable teaching style and ability to simplify the game, make “Coach Frazier” a favorite to his young players. Frazier Baseball’s hitting instruction is based on Charlie’s patented main philosophy, trademarked as ‘See the Ball - Throw Your Hands,’ which he explained: “In baseball, you have to see the ball first before you can hit it. Then, you use your hands to hit the ball harder.”

Major League Standings AMERICAN LEAGUE-Red Sox 14-3; Blue Jays 12-3; Angels 13-4; Royals 8-8; Yankees 6-11; Orioles 1-15. NATIONAL LEAGUE-Braves 125; Pirates 11-6; Mets 9-6; Reds 6-9; Phillies 2-13; Giants 3-14. Recent Scores: May 18- Red Sox 14 Giants 8; Angels 10 Yankees 7; Braves 5 Pirates 2. May 17- Red Sox 7 Yankees 3. May 15 - Giants 2 Orioles 1; Braves 8 Royals 4; Angels 6 Pirates 5;

Claws 9-4; Thunder 7-5; Bees 7-6; Grasshoppers 7-6; Volcanoes 6-7; Bulls 3-9; Lugnuts 3-10; Expres 1-11. Recent Scores: May 18- Iron Pigs 4 Grasshoppers 0; Bees 3 Volcanoes 1; Blue Claws 5 Lugnuts 3. May 17-Grasshopper 12 Bulls 5; Grasshoppers 10 Bulls 9. May 16-Bees 4 Storm 3. May 15-Iron Pigs 21 Express 8. HOLBROOK L.L. Major League Standings Rockies 10-1; Astros 9-3; Phillies 8-4; Cubs 7-5; Reds 5-6; Brewers 3-9; Dodgers 3-9; Pirates 2-10. Recent Scores: May 18-Pirates 9 Reds 8; Cubs 13 Dodgers 5; Rockies 8 Phillies 7; Astros 14 Brewers 13. May 17- Cubs 6 Reds 5. May 16- Rockies 18-Dodgers 1. ML Softball Standings Alabama 4-1; Auburn 7-2-1; Michigan 3-7; LSU 1-5-1. Recent Scores: May 18- LSU 14 Michigan 11. May 14- Auburn 11 Michigan 10. May 11Auburn 14 LSU 12. MANCHESTER L.L.

Home Run Leaders: J. Donnamaria 8, C. Scuotto 5, D. Pombo 4, N. Silva 3, D. Clemente 3, M. Hartshorn 3.

Major League Standings Mets 8-1; Yankees 5-2; Dodgers 5-4; Phillies 5-4; Rays 4-5; Rangers 2-4; Giants 1-8.



Major League Standings Padres 9-2; White Sox 8-4; Brewers 6-5; Rangers 5-6; Reds 4-6; Yankees 1-10. BRICK L.L. Major League Standings Iron Pigs 11-2; Storm 9-3; Blue

12U North Standings Jersey Blackhawks 8-1;Millstone Mariners 8-1; Jersey Shore Bucks 4-5; 3-2 Count 4-4; Rangers 1-8; Somerset Cardinals 1-7 12U South Standings Lacey Lightning 8-0; JS Hawks

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Miracle Pub Became Oasis from Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy by Christa Riddle TOMS RIVER - Sometimes, a name says it all. Last October, by some miracle, The Miracle Pub, located at 201 Route 37 West here, was blessed to retain 75 percent of its power and keep its doors open after Hurricane Sandy devastated and destroyed far too many of Ocean County’s businesses and homes. Mike

Browner, owner of The Miracle Pub for the past seven years, recounted the meaning he took away from being able to serve people during a difficult time, which extended way beyond The Miracle Pub’s usual role as a popular, busy local sports bar and restaurant: “It was a really good feeling being able to provide for people in a time of need. The basic things we take for granted most days— electricity, a wallet with cash, a bathroom with running water, home-cooked food, a relaxing drink, television, ice, connecting with other people— those basics


became like gold during Hurricane Sandy. The Miracle Pub was the only place open on Route 37, all the way to the bridge. We were truly blessed to have power and to escape without any damage.” After the storm, The Miracle Pub became a return to normalcy, a place where people could relax, share stories, and watch television for the latest updates after the storm. Immediately after the

hurricane, word spread quickly that The Miracle Pub was open for business, drawing people from as far north as Red Bank; Monmouth County had also been torn apart by Hurricane Sandy and many area businesses remained closed for weeks due to an extended electricity outage. Mr. Browner was amazed to learn that a local radio station had announced that his pub was open for business. To manage the crowd and line that extended out The Miracle Pub’s door, he hired a security guard to keep order and maintain his occupancy limit. “Peo-

ple would start coming in at 9 a.m., and there was a steady stream of customers all day long, until closing at 2 a.m.,” said the proprietor. “We gave people access to cash through their credit cards. Banks were closed, and a lot of people didn’t have a dime in their pockets. I waived the extra fees involved as a courtesy because people needed money to take care of their families.” By Thursday after Hurricane Sandy hit, not even a week from its landfall, Mr. Browner found his pub out of just about everything, from food and beverages to paper goods, despite always being prepared by maintaining a good-sized stock. That day, he got a much-needed delivery of $20,000 worth of inventory from his suppliers and was able to keep going, thankful that the delivery truck was able to safely navigate to his location amidst all of the damage and destruction that rendered most roadways impassable. To keep everyone fed that lined up at his door, the proprietor created a special togo menu, featuring only five items so his kitchen, which cooks all food fresh and to-order, could serve more people in a shorter amount of time. “One of the hardest things for me was the number of people who came in saying they had lost their jobs because their places of employment were wiped out by the storm,” he stated. “Bartenders, servers, and cooks would come in asking if we were hiring. I was able to hire three people. The new bartender I hired was living out of her car

when she came in looking for a job. She had lost her home, her job, everything. It was rewarding to hire her so she could at least earn some money and have hope for the future.” As a result of The Miracle Pub’s service during the storm, the pub has retained regular customers that came in for the first time during those days after Hurricane Sandy. In its regular capacity, The Miracle Pub strives to provide a comfortable, “neighborhood-pub” atmosphere where customers can come in to relax and enjoy good food at fair prices. The restaurant/ bar is open seven days a week, from 9 am to 2 am and offers a full menu from 10 am to 1 am. Customers can come in to enjoy happy hour Tuesdays through Saturdays from 3:30 pm to 6 pm and Sundays and Mondays from 12 pm to 6 pm. Wednesdays are Ladies’ Nights. The pub boasts 12 flat-screen televisions and carries satellite television with the NFL DirecTV football package. While eating and having a drink, guests can watch a variety of college and professional sports, from golf, NASCAR, and tennis to baseball, basketball, hockey, and football. A chef by trade who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Mr. Browner leads the kitchen himself. A lifelong Toms River area resident, he was the original owner of Scooters in Howell, which he sold when he bought The Miracle Pub. “I have been in the food business for many, many years, and the true reward for me isn’t the money.

For me, the reward comes from pleasing people with the dishes I serve. I love it when customers compliment a new recipe that they really enjoyed,” he said. “When I bought the pub, there were only a few tables near the bar because it was not really a food place. Little by little, I expanded the restaurant part of the business. I put in a new kitchen, created a new menu, and added a larger eating area with tables.” All of The Miracle Pub’s homemade food is cooked to order and their expansive menu includes selections such as soups, appetizers, wings, and salads; pub-style, thin-crust pizza; burgers, hot dogs,

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South Toms River

South Toms River 1933 Life and times of South Toms River in mid-May 1933 as compiled from sources within the Toms River Library’s Wheeler Room.


Ray Lane, the former manager of the Castle Ice Cream plant here, stopped in the area to say goodbye to his old friends as he planned to move to Hasbrouck Heights, Bergen County...


The “Attison Gang” of ballplayers from South Toms River “swamped” the Pleasant Plains team 20 to 5 on Sunday, May 7th...

Tzu Chi Humanitarian Volunteers Aided Boro Residents After Sandy

SOUTH TOMS RIVER— In the days that followed the devastating blow Hurricane Sandy struck to this region, a group of volunteers from Tzu Chi Mid-Atlantic Region arrived here and set up a distribution station at South Toms River Elementary School to provide aid to those affected. Their mission on this day was to not only provide immediate financial aid to the people of South Toms River, but to also provide emotional comfort and support; to remind all present that, as one volunteer stated, “living under the same sky, walking on the same piece of land, we are all connected, in more ways than we realize,” and that as fellow human beings we should extend a helping hand and serve the people in need. With the support of South Toms River Mayor Joseph Champagne, South Toms River Elementary School Principal Dennis Holzapfel, and the Executive Vice President of Tzu Chi USA, Jackson Chen, over 100 Tzu Chi volunteers came to provide aid to 111 households of this hurricane affected town. Many recipients were moved to tears by the help. One recipient was so touched, she said, “So many need help, and I am so thankful to Tzu Chi for coming. I have never heard of Tzu Chi before, but now I will put aside money to continue this circle of giving too.” The hurricane disaster victims received a care package

that included debit cards, 2 blankets, a scarf, a flashlight, and instant rice. The words of Principal Holzapfel summed up what the compassion of Tzu Chi did at South Toms River: “Through the hardship and devastation, amidst all these challenges, we are not in it alone. Tzu Chi [volunteers] from all over the world, their generosity, hard work and compassion, are here to help.” After the distribution concluded and as the volunteers packed up, Mayor Champagne gathered the volunteers to express his heartfelt gratitude. “Tzu Chi volunteers are the messengers of love, messengers of peace, messengers of care, and messengers of humanity. What they did here today will be a landmark in our hearts.” In return, Tzu Chi volunteers were grateful to have the opportunity to help a city of people in need while spreading the spirit of Tzu Chi, which in Chinese literally means “Compassionate Relief.” When a recipient asked, “Can I use this to buy food?” and when the answer was yes and the recipient gave the volunteer a big hug, it made their long nights of planning and preparing for this event all worthwhile. The basic principle of love and kindness and helping each other is the root of this event. From each interaction and each story, we see the best of humanity revealed. Tzu Chi is an international humanitarian organiza-

tion based on Buddhist principles. It was founded by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in 1966 in Hualien, Taiwan. From a group of 30 housewives, Tzu Chi has grown to millions of volunteers in over 50 countries worldwide. For more information about Tzu Chi, you can visit: h t t p : // w w w. u s . t z u c h i . org/us/en. Master Cheng Yen’s message to us is that nature is fragile, that the actions of humanity such as depletion of natural resources has manifested itself in extreme weather conditions and increased frequency of natural disasters. These disasters create more suffering to humanity. We should treat the Earth with respect and love and serve those in need with love, respect and gratitude. We all have the ability to love and to turn our compassion into action. Just look at what the volunteers did today at South Toms River! ~ submitted by Tzu Chi Mid-Atlantic Region

Above left, above and below: Navy Volunteers from Joint Base MDL joined officials and volunteers here to clean up the Recreation Center area earlier this month through the state-run Barnegat Bay Blitz. Erik Weber / Ocean Signal


The borough hit a tax collection record of the previous three years, with the percentage of uncollected taxes in 1930 being 2 1/6th percent; 1931, 10.5 percent; and 1932, “only” 24.5 percent. While these would be considered very large percentages of uncollected taxes in 2013, it was noted that the average collection in the county and state for 1932 taxes was just 50 percent, meaning this borough was doing far better than most other regions statewide in the midst of the Great Depression, at least in early 1933...

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Mayor Joseph Champagne carried on the monthly tradition of honoring excelling students from South Toms River Elementary School at the beginning of borough caucus meetings with a little help from some local friends. Erik Weber / Ocean Signal


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Ocean Signal - May 24th 2013 - Vol. 1 Issue 3  

The third edition of the Ocean Signal, this digital version of the print edition is a compliment to the online news source, www.OceanCountyS...

Ocean Signal - May 24th 2013 - Vol. 1 Issue 3  

The third edition of the Ocean Signal, this digital version of the print edition is a compliment to the online news source, www.OceanCountyS...