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Lakewood Airport to Extend Runways for Corporate Jets

by Phil Stilton L A K E WO O D – L a ke wood Airport, owned by the Lakewood Township Airport Authority has embarked on a project to expand the length of its runway to accommodate small corporate jets. Last month, utility lines at the north end of the airport’s runway were removed and relocated underground as part of the preparation for the expansion. Plans call for a new heli-pad to provide space for commercial helicopters and personal helicopter owners and to turn the former parachute jump zone into commercial space. Officials say they hope the improvements will attract corporations who could benefit from having quick

access to the airport from their corporate office. The removal of trees and utilities at the end of the runway was a necessary first step to allow for an additional 500 feet of runway to accommodate small jets. Currently the airport is home to small single propeller aircraft. The airport was once owned by Lakewood law-

yer, Larry Bathgate, whose current offices of Bathgate, Wegener and Wolf sits adjacent to the airfield. The airport is currently the home of the Aviation Charter Patrol , Jersey Aero Club, Monmouth Aera Flying Club and Aerial Sign North, Inc. Helicopter sightseeing rides are also available at the airport.

Asbury Teens Charged in Murder of Brick Township Man FREEHOLD - Two teens are in custody and facing charges of Felony Murder after the Ocean County man the pair assaulted and robbed early Saturday morning died Tuesday evening, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced. Asbury Park Police received a 911 call at about 12:30 a.m. on Saturday July 27, 2013 on a report of an individual being assaulted Police responded to Asbury Park Gardens, 1100 Atlantic Ave. in Asbury Park where they discovered the victim unconscious. The victim was later identified as Thomas Sudano Jr., 35, of Brick. He was taken to Jersey Shore UniversityMedi-

calCenter where he died on Tuesday, July 30. An investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Asbury Park Police Department revealed that Sudano arrived at the apartment complex shortly before 12:30 a.m. on July 27, and was confronted by Spencer S. Young, 19, of 1141 Sewall Ave. in Asbury Park, and a 17-year-old juvenile male. During the confrontation, Young and his juvenile co-defendant punched and kicked Sudano about his head and body rendering him unconscious. As part of the assault, the pair also stole personal items from Sudano. Young was initially charged with first degree Robbery, but charges were

upgraded to Felony Murder today, after it was determined that Sudano died as a result of the injuries inflicted on him by Young and his juvenile co-defendant. The juvenile was also charged today with one count of Felony Murder. The juvenile, who is charged with Felony Murder and Robbery, was turned over to juvenile detention authorities where he is presently in custody. Young is presently housed at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in lieu of 1,000,000 bail with no ten percent option, which was set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.

The Seaside Heights “UFO”, Where is it Now?

As you passed into Seaside Heights, for a while during the 1980’s, there was an unmistakable red, white and blue “flying saucer”. It was originally used as a bank branch for the First National Bank of Toms River but later found


a second life as the Seaside Heights Visitor Information Center. Many think this building was unique to Seaside Heights, but the structure was actually a “Futuro” house. Futuro houses were pre-fabricated round saucer shaped homes designed b Finish engineer Matti Suuronen in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. About 100 of these “saucers” were ever built, but few remain today. The Jersey Shore had at least two of these buildings. The

one we all know in Seaside Heights and another on the boardwalk in Wildwood which was converted into a ride with a Planet of the Apes theme. That one now resides at the Hancock Harbor Marina in Greenwich, NJ, owned by a Matt Damon, but not the actor. Damon bought the structure from Morey’s Piers in 2009 and hopes to revert it back to a home. So that leaves the burning question. What happened to the Seaside Heights Futuro house? Find out next issue!

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3rd Annual Soulsational Festival Draws 5,000

BERKELEY - Local music and healthy, tasteful foods were the order of the day here in Veteran’s Park last Saturday, July 27th, as the Soulsational Festival attracted about 5,000 patrons in its third year of operation. The non-profit event, a brainchild of Beachwood resident Michelle Leonard and her many volunteers, friends and family, was formed to “bring the community together in hope, healing and harmony with the goal of motivating others to live positive today,” she said, adding that participants arrived “from all of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and some from as far as Ohio and Chicago, Illinois.”

Dozens of health-conscious food, goods and service vendors lined up to form broad walkways along the grassy fields between the parking area and band shell, where bands performed all day. Children’s rides and games, including a climbing wall, were also set up, as was a beer garden near the stage. “You could hear laughter and see abundant smiles at every turn,” recalled Mrs. Leonard. “The attendance exceeded expectation and Soulsational has

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taken strong root toward becoming a continuing, annual, long-lasting community summer event.” Besides regional crossstate promotions provided by multiple radio and television stations, the event itself “was streamed live on the internet worldwide by 40 Foot Hole Studio, and has received an extraordinary amount of positive feedback from all who participated and attended.” Food pantry donations were collected and donated to the People’s Pantry and other local pantries that aid Hurricane Sandy victims. A remodeling basket was also provided to one victim with disabled children who lost everything as a result of the storm, and school supplies and toys were collected for distribution to further benefit the children affected by last October’s storm. The main goal of the recurring event, Mrs. Leonard said, is to “increase green, holistic, organic, healthy and healing awareness in our commu-

nity and build the local economy while offering a positive family-friendly event. There is no other event on the Jersey Shore such as Soulsational that is solely dedicated to the health and wellness of people of all ages, coupled with multiple musical acts and a full schedule of free interactive activities for all to enjoy.” “I wanted to provide individuals with the most current and useful information on their health options as well as promoted a more optimal wellness lifestyle through like-minded products and services,” she said, noting that improved daily health was also a way to help strengthen local communities “through healthier citizens.” Sponsors thanked by the festival organizers included Alternative Health Solutions of New Jersey, Berkeley Township, Mercedes Benz of Freehold, Wawa and Three B’s Bar and Bistro, of Lakehurst. Others that were in attendance included Kula Kamala Yoga, Evolution

Martial Arts and Joey D’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Restaurant. “Everything in our world and in our life holds positive opportunity - today, wherever you are, whatever has happened, there is great opportunity to add value, meaning, abundance and richness to life, both yours and others,” said Mrs. Leonard after thanking her volunteers and participating businesses. “It has been a great accomplishment to create a space where a group of phenomenal peo-

ple and businesses collectively were able to give a gift to the Jersey Shore community, spark hope and motivation in people that needed it, help people find resources to begin to feel better and learning ways they can live happier.” To further photos and video of the this year’s event, please visit their Facebook page at www. Soulsational 2014 is almost ready to begin planning for the next annual free festival next year on July 26th. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to contact organizers through their website at


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by Dillon Heyck TOMS RIVER – Friday through Sunday, the Elks Lodge #1875 sponsored a carnival at St. Anthony’s Church on Church Road to raise money for special-needs children. The non-profit organization plans to send 10 children to Camp Moore with the proceeds. Camp Moore caters exclusively to handicapped children, as it is a place for children to develop recreational and social skills. Carnival manager and volunteer chairman Ron Wisniewski said “If a kid wants to go to Camp Moore, they need money. We fundraise so no one is left out.” The Elk’s organization has ran carnivals in the past, but this was the first annual year where the carnival has been at St. Andrew’s. Wisiewski stated,” Whenever you go to a new location it’s rough starting out. We used to rent a place by a mall, but this year we moved to St. Andrew’s so the money we pay to rent this space goes to a charita-

ble organization. At least if we’re giving the money to someone, we’re giving it to a Church.” Wisniewski sees a bright future for the Toms River Elk Lodge and the carnival. He recalled an event where with time grew from 5,000 attendees to over 30,000. Money was raised by the amount of tickets sold. Because the Elk’s Lodge is a non-profit organization, the revenue made from the carnival will not be revealed, but Wisiewski stated it is

enough to sponsor 10 children to Camp Moore. The carnival itself had over twenty rides, music playing, game booths, and food vendors. Overall, it was a very family-fun event. Karen Lang, a mother who brought her three kids, said, “Well my kids are having a great time. It’s pretty exciting for them. Knowing this is for a good cause makes it better.”

American Legion Hosts Fish Fry to Raise Money for America’s Wounded Warriors TOMS RIVER-On July 28th, Toms River American Legion Post 129 hosted their annual fish fry to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. On August 18th, the post will host a pig roast from 2-7pm. The American Legion is open to current or former U.S. military personnel who served during designated war-era periods.


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Township Welcomes New Businesses in Ortley Beach

by TOMS RIVER TWP. ORTLEY BEACH-Toms River Township Mayor Kelaher and Councilwoman Maria Maruca welcomed four new businesses to Ortley Beach last Saturday. Councilwoman Maria

Maruca said, “It is encouraging to see businesses continue to open in Ortley Beach. Residents and visitors alike should patronize these businesses. For established businesses, I strongly recommend they apply to the

EDA for the Stronger New Jersey Business Grants that are available. These grants can provide businesses with up to $50,000 in grant money.” Toms River Township Mayor Tom Kelaher said, “Along with many re-open-

OMBUDSMAN Toms River Twp. has hired a part-time Disaster Recovery Ombudsman to help residents navigate through their paperwork and permit process as they rebuild from Superstorm Sandy. Trevor Newman has expertise in the National Flood Insurance Program and almost 40 years in the Insurance industry. For now, he will be located

at the following locations throughout the town, and will also meet residents at their homes/businesses as needed and as requested. Due to increased activity our Ombudsman has added Friday evening to the existing Tuesday schedule at the Ortley Beach Police Sub Station. It is anticipated that this increased availability will accommodate many of our weekend residents

with recovery questions. The complete schedule is posted below and is subject to change based on need. (Please call or e-mail Trevor if you plan to visit, to avoid scheduling conflicts.) Contact information: Trevor Newman, Toms River Township Ombudsman 732-341-1000 ext. 8357 or e-mail

Waverunner Floating in Bay Prompts Search & Rescue; False Alarm Declared

ings for businesses that were here before Sandy hit, we have three brand-new businesses that recently opened in Ortley Beach. This speaks volumes that

people have faith in the recovery of our barrier island and they’re willing to invest in our area.” The businesses included Johnny Fries, Kohr’s Frozen

Custard The Original and Papa Grande. The duo also welcomed Barnacle Bill’s back at their grand re-opening last week. See full story in section two.

TOMS RIVER-On Saturday, police responded to a report of a missing wave runner rider in the vicinity of the Mathis Bridge. A search for the missing rider was launched by the State Police and Toms River Police Department. The Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department Water Rescue team was also called in to assist, but before the team could deploy, it was determined that the lone watercraft in the Barnegat Bay simple stranded away from its mooring at Route 37 Water Sports. All units were called off and the owner retrieved his jet ski from the bay

Driver Charged with DWI After Crashing SUV into Retail Center in Toms River TOMS RIVER-A man drove his SUV through a traffic light and into a strip mall overnight here, severely damaging the building and requiring extrication by the Toms River Fire De-

partment. “At 2 am on Wednesday morning, Toms River Police responded to an accident with a vehicle into a building at 237 Route 37 west,” said Toms River Chief of

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Police Michael Mastronardy. “A Barnegat man was traveling east on Route 37 when his 2005 Ford SUV left the roadway and struck a traffic light stanchion at route 37 and Lakehurst Road. ” After knocking down the light stanchion his vehicle continue over 300 feet through the parking lot of the Delta Gas Station, struck a pay phone booth, then continued to travel well into business in the Oak Ridge Shopping Center. The business, Young’s Medical Equipment, suffered extensive damage. The victim was extricated from his vehicle by Toms River Fire Company 1 &2. The driver was then transported by Toms River First Aid to the West Dover Elementary School where he was then flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune Township. Toms River Building Inspector Ken Anderson, New Jersey Department of transportation and Jersey Central Power and Light all assisted at the scene. Later in the day, Edward Halko, 36, the driver, from Barnegat was charged with DWI, failure to wear a seatbelt and failure to maintain lane.


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21st Annual Walk Against Drugs

PINE BEACH - The Pine Beach Municipal Alliance celebrated its 21st Annual Walk Against Drugs on Tuesday, August 6th at Vista Park and along the eastern portion of Riverside Drive, where Mayor Lawrence Cuneo led the walk alongside t-shirt design contest winner Ella Wilkins and their families. Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Agent Michael


Colwell was on hand to let patrons try to wear “drunk” glasses and catch various colored tennis balls to show the dangerous hinderences that substances have on eyesight, judgement and coordination. Meanwhile, borough officials from the public works and police departments volunteered to be dunked by the public in the water tank set up on the blacktop

at the park. Many prizes from sponsors and were raffled and won, including those provided by the Lamp Post Inn, Beachwood Service Center, Moore’s Farm Market, Welsh Farms, Oxygen Gym, Banji Japanese Restaurant, Kokomo’s Restaurant, Richard’s Sub World, Two Sisters Ice Cream, Wood N Things, and Blackbeard’s Cave.

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Woman Assaulted in Target Parking Lot BRICK-On July 31, at approximately 11:26pm, Brick police officers responded to the Target Department Store located at 570 Route 70, Brick, for a report of a robbery. Investigation on scene revealed that a female subject was attacked as she approached the passenger side of her friend’s vehicle. The unknown subject pulled the victim down from behind, and attempted to pull her purse away from

her. The victim was aided by her friend, and when the subject was unsuccessful in pulling the purse away, the suspect let go and fled towards the wooded area in between PC Richards and Target. The subject, who was wearing a dark colored ski mask, was described as a male, of medium build, approximately 5-10, wearing a long sleeved black t-shirt, jeans, and white sneakers with a Nike logo.

A check of the wooded area by members of the Brick Police was negative for any suspects. The Brick Township Police are looking for anyone who may have seen something suspicious that evening. If you believe you may have seen anything, please contact Detective Daniel Waleski in the Brick Township Police Detective Bureau at (732)262-1170. The investigation is on-going at this time.

Two New Restaurants to Open This Month at Brick Plaza

BRICK-Brick Township will soon be host to two new chain restaurants at Brick Plaza in August. Joe’s Crab Shack and SmashBurger are each expected to open in the middle of the month to accompany the star-studded franchise lineup that already includes Applebee’s, Quaker Steak & Lube, Atlanta Bread Company and local favorites such as Ikko Hibachi and for the kids, Chuck E Cheese.


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Sand Dredged from Bay Being Placed on Brick Beaches BRICK-Are you wondering why Brick’s beaches are darker than most this summer? That’s because crews from Crowder Gulf have been dredging sand from the Barnegat Bay in recent weeks and returning back to the beach front. Although the bulk of

the material consists of beach sand that washed over the barrier island during Hurricane Sandy, it has been mixed with the dark sand in the bay. The sand is sifted and screened before being returned to the beach, a nearly 24 hour per day operation.

The sand is being used to maintain the protective berm along the ocean front and to widen the beach, which was narrowed considerably by the storm. Brick officials maintain that the redeposited sand is safe and clean and poses no risk to beach goers.

Ocean of Love to Kick Off at the Windmill in Brick

The following is a press release by Ocean of Love. BRICK-In the WindMill spirit of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” the new owners of the WindMill of Brick have invited the Hawk 105.7 to kickoff their Annual Billboard Radiothon to raise funds for Ocean of Love at a WindMill sponsored dinner for representatives of the Ocean of Love family. The dinner will take place on August 12, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and will include a visit from the BlueClaws Mascot, Buster and a live 105.7 remote with DJ Chris Varacchi. The kick-off is for Hawk DJ, Andy Chase’s Annual Ocean of Love Billboard

event. This year marks the 15th year Andy will live for five days atop an Ocean of Love billboard in an effort to raise funds for and bring awareness to the local Ocean County non-profit agency. Last year, the event raised over $100,000 and this year’s goal is $105, 700.00 “We cannot thank Andy Chase, Hawk radio, and the WindMill enough for their continuous support of our organization,” said Linda Gillick, Executive Director of Ocean of Love. For more than 25 years, Ocean of Love has been supporting the daily needs of children with cancer and their families. The non-profit organiza-

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tion is dedicated to improving the lives of children living with cancer, as well as supporting their families. It offers support group meetings, counseling, food assistance, household bill assistance, travel expenses to and from the hospital, funeral expenses, and much more (visit ww.ocean-of-love. org for more details). In an effort to begin the fund raising at this event, the WindMill will encourage HAWK listeners to stop in to donate by offering a voucher for future use for a FREE Hot Dog with a FREE Beverage to the first 500 people making a minimum of a $5.00 donation. “We are very proud new owners Gerry, Roger, and Tim have chosen to dedicate their Grand Re-Opening efforts towards raising funds for Ocean of Love. They are also hosting a Family Outing for Ocean of Love at an upcoming BlueClaws Game. These activities are a clear indication that the franchisees understand the value of WindMill’s “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” corporate giving philosophy and I am certain this is just the first of many local organizations they will support,” explained Rena Levine Levy, CEO of the WindMill restaurants.


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Jackson Unveils Vision of New Hotel & Retail Complex by Phil Stilton JACKSON-Jackson Township has high hopes for future development along the Interstate 195 corridor that runs through the entire northern section of the 100 square mile town. Plans were recently unveiled by the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs that could see a hotel, retail complex and other projected additions, anchored by the Six Flags Great Adventure Amusement Park. A plan to develop the open space around the amusement park outlines a $65,000,000 project which contains a 600 room resort hotel, a conference center and 30,000 square foot “Entertainment Village” The project hopes to capitalize on Jackson Township’s centralized location in the state and the immediate proximity of the amusement park. “Although predominantly a suburban community, Jackson is fast becoming a tourism destination,” the report stated. “Jackson is home to Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild Safari Park, Hurricane Harbor Water Park as well as their newly themed area Plaza Del Carnaval. Combined, these are the four largest amusement parks in the Northeast.” Mayor Michael Reina, who is spearheading the charge to make Jackson Township a premier travel destination, said the close proximity to the Jersey Shore, Joint Naval Base, Jackson Premium Outlets and it’s centrally located position between New York and Philadelphia could make the project be-

come a year-round destination. The plan also suggests the creation of transportation between the major sites in the plan. While the plan mentions a monorail or cable car system, it also defers, “The bus shuttle or tram would be the most cost effective method.” Skyway Gondola In one of the design diagrams, architects envision a skyway gondola connecting Six Flags Great Adventure, the Wild Safari station, Hurricane Harbor and the hotel complex. Jackson Tower A 300 foot tower, to house the gondola will also serve as a playground, dining facility, meeting area and nightclub, according to the plan. It will provide access for visitors to the three other gondola towers located within the amusement

park. Planning While the architectural renderings and design concepts are just visionary ideas at this point to lure investors, the approach taken by the township and the state is a bold one and if the plan lures investors and developers, it could be an economic windfall for the township.

Summer Campers Have Face To Face Encounter with Penguin

JACKSON-Checkers, an African penguin from a local aquarium came to Jackson on Wednesday to meet with children from the Goddard School on West Veteran’s Highway.


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Burglar Takes Pediatric Cancer Research Donations by Phil Stilton JACKSON-The Jackson Township police department reported a burglary at Farley’s Ice Cream here at 2:43 am on Thursday. “Officers responded to Farley’s Homemade Ice Cream in Anillop Plaza after it was reported that the front window of the business was broken,” said Lt. Steven Laskiewicz of the Jackson Township Police Department. “It appeared that unknown suspects made entry into the business and stole cash from a donation jar on the counter.” John Burnetsky, owner of Farley’s said the thieve(s) were not able to take much, but what they did take was shocking. “Somebody had seen fit to try and enter by smashing the door,” Burnetsky said. ”That didn’t work, so they smashed a window next to the door and gained entry that way. All that work for approximately $35.00… the majority of the money stolen was from a donation can for the St. Baldricks organization, they raise mon-

ey for kids with cancer.” After breaking into the ice cream shop, as police were investigating the scene of the crime, Laskiewicz said an employee at Jackson Health Care, located nearby, called and reported hearing breaking glass from the STS tire and auto service station on West County Line and observing a subject running from the area towards Arcadia Court. Officers checked the area and a K-9 from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department responded to assist with a track. Evidence was recovered and both incidents are currently under active investigation. For Burnetsky, there was some good news. After he posted about the incident on his personal Facebook page, customers came to replenish donations for the St. Baldrick’s fund raiser. “I put the word out on my personal page, and once again, the citizens of this town have come through,” he said. ”In one day, we doubled the amount that was stolen. Jackson resi-

dents never cease to amaze, and delight me.” Each year, Burnetsky and other business owners in Jackson raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and the drive culminates with a head shaving fund raiser. Local officials, police officers, firefighters, radio personalities and local residents come together to shave their heads to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Anybody interested in supporting this organization may do so by stopping by Farley’s, located in the Anillop Plaza on Brewers Bridge Road, just north of the intersection of County Line Road, and dropping their donation in the can, or by coming to the main event being sponsored again this year by County Line Hardware, on Sunday, August 25. “There will be a number of your favorites getting their heads shaved,” Burnetsky said. Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department at 732-9281111.

Court to Hear In-House Legal Counsel Case by Phil Stilton TOMS RIVER-A Faulkner Act challenge by the township of Jackson against a group of residents who filed a petition for in-house legal counsel will be heard by Judge Craig Wellerson in Toms River on August 16th. The case was brought forward by Jackson Township to dispute the legality of a petition filed by Nicolas Antonoff, Catherine Giancola, Raymond Cattonar and Roger Downing. The court brief prepared by the petitioners states, “Between January and September, 2012, nearly 1,000 registered voters of Jackson Township signed a petition in support of an ordinance that would reorganize the Township’s Department of Law. The supporters of the Ordinance, relying on a November 2011 fiscal and policy analysis, identified a solution for taxpayers that made more sense than the current structure for rendering legal services to the municipality.” Township officials say the petition contained an inaccurate reference to the

legal counsel ordinance as their basis for challenging the petition, but the petitioners claim the township changed the ordinance number and it was correct at the time of the petition. “While the Petitioners acknowledge that the clear and unambiguous intent of the ordinance is to modify the Township’s Department of Law, they claim that today, Section 3-87 of the Township Code deals with the planning board, and not the Department of Law. What Petitioners neglect to tell the Court is that when the ordinance was first drafted between November 2011 and January 2012, the Department of Law was indeed codified at Section 3-87. At some point while the petition process was well underway, the Township recodified or renumbered its ordinances, switching the Law Department to Section 3-89, while assigning the Planning Board to Section 3-87.” Councilman Rob Nixon said that he could not comment on the ongoing court case, but did say, “Generally this proposal relies on

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faulty research and vast assumptions to prove its point.” Requests for comment were made to other members of the township council, however none would comment on the issue. Ray Cattonar, who has been leading the campaign said he thinks the courts will rule in his favor. “I believe we will be victorious and look forward to having the Petition language added to the Voter Ballot this November,” Cattonar said. “The residents have a right to decide whether to either outsource our Townships attorney at a higher cost or hire our own in-house attorney to realize dramatic similar savings like our neighbors Howell and Toms River have done for years.” He added, “The Mayor & Council very obviously are looking to block the Petition in its entirety and are not asking the court to negotiate any changes they would like to block the Petition from reaching the Ballot in its entirety.”


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Monday Night Concerts Rock!

Fishing & Crabbing Tournament On Wednesday morning, August 7th, the Seaside Park Recreation Department and Seaside Park Police Department-PBA Local 182 teamed up to host the annual fishing and crabbing tournament on the 5th Avenue pier, which was attended by dozens of families with even more children. Throughout the morning, cries of surprise and laughter could be heard as the youngsters caught and measured their crabs and fish, before being treated to a lunch of hamburgers with all the trimmings served by members of the borough police department. ERIK WEBER / OCEAN SIGNAL

Teezer, a local 70s-80s rock cover band, performed on the lawn of the municipal offices late last month as part of the Monday night summer concert series sponsored by the Summer in the Park Business Association.

Seeking Part-time Plumbing Sub Code-Plumbing Inspector. Applicants must be licensed by the State of New Jersey and possess valid UCC License. Multiple licenses desired. Experience preferred. Forward resume to: Robert Martucci, Borough Administrator, 1701 North Ocean Avenue, Seaside Park NJ 08752. For more information call, 732-793-3700.


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Amusements Return to Seaside Park SEASIDE PARK-Amusement rides from Campy’s Carnival were a welcome site last weekend here as locals and vacationers alike enjoyed a five day carnival on the green at the Seaside Park Marina. It marked the first time since Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Funtown Pier here that amusement rides operated within the borough. Campy’s not only brought a smile to the faces of hundreds of visitors each day, but to the members of the Tri-Boro First Aid Department and the Seaside Park Volunteer Fire Company and part of the town’s “Summer in the Park” series of events. PHIL STILTON / OCEAN SIGNAL

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South Toms River

Tempers Flare at Homes For All Proposal by Erik Weber SOUTH TOMS RIVER - Following weeks of rumors spread around town and online about alleged back room deals made by various public officials regarding the approximately 18-acre Clayton tract of land on Dover Road, applicants and professionals representing Homes for All, a non-profit affordable housing developer, approached the governing body during their mid-July meeting to propose a project that would convert much of the open space present at the property into clustered single-family affordable housing units. The tract of land is also undergoing a contentious application by Wawa, Inc. to build one of their con-


venience food and fuel establishments on the portion bordering Dover Road, which is being vehemently fought by Edward J. Liston, Jr., an attorney based on Hooper Avenue in Toms River representing Sunil “Sonny” Dhir, proprietor of both the nearby 7-11 convenience store and a fuel station. At the mid-July council meeting, approximately two dozen residents showed up to protest the project being promoted by Homes for All. Mayor Joseph Champagne immediately worked to set the tone and dialogue of the meeting ahead of any open arguments or shouting from anybody present. “Before we get started, I want to set the record straight - this issue with Homes for All, as many of

you know, has gotten a lot of attention and some very negative,” he said. “These representatives for Homes for All, I want to make it very clear, have asked to be heard by the borough council. We did not seek them out; they request to be able to educate and inform the town about a possible plan that they have.” “As members of the governing body, which is functioning within the framework of our democratic system, we feel that it is our duty to hear what they have to say,” the mayor continued. “To make it even clearer, there are no decisions that will be made tonight - there is no voting that will be taken or given; this is just a chance for the mayor and council and the citizens of South Toms River to hear a presentation from Homes for All.” Stephen L. Schock, managing principal with Kitchen & Associates Services, Inc., a Collingswood-based architecture, engineering, planning and interior design firm, presented several graphics depicting an overview of the tract of land plus the proposed 80-unit single family home development of detached houses his firm designed for Homes for All. Dubbing the graphics part of just a “concept presentation,” Mr. Schock stated that the proposal would retain the Dover Road-fronted portion of the property for the potential Wawa or other

commercial entity and that the development’s design was “different [and using] best practices that may be not being used in this area or even the state of New Jersey” as they did not seek to replicate the attached condo or townhome concept found in more common affordable housing developments. “What we really felt was necessary and desirable is amenities and usability of a single family home,” he said, justifying a somewhat undersized lot in the overall development concept. “The privacy you get with a single family detached home, with the ability to park your car and have your own private backyard and not drag your trash through the unit on pickup day.” Tree buffers were also pointed out to separate the site from the potential commercial property fronting on the nearby county roadway. Homes for All’s mission is “to bring to market homes that are affordable so they would be looked at as an entry and a place to call home,” Mr. Schock continued. “That’s what Homes for All does - they rebuild neighborhoods and have done a great job in Manitou Park.” Several years ago, the non-profit was approved for an 82-home project in that adjacent unincorporated section of Berkeley Township, where 41 homes were build on empty lots and sold between $185,000 and $205,000 and the other 41 were sold for between $230,000 and $274,900. Many residents present protested the project during the open public portion of the meeting, arguing that many homes already standing in the borough were foreclosed upon or otherwise empty and that the non-profit should instead help the town seek to repair and fill those homes prior to any further development, which they stated would overburden the local elementary school and drive property taxes up due to an increase in demand for services. Coincidentally, at the same meeting of the gov-

erning body, the second reading and adoption of an ordinance changing the zoning on the Clayton tract from a mixed use single family residential and B-1 Neighborhood Business and Professional Zone with a C-N Neighborhood Commercial Zone, and modifying the Official Zoning Map to

change the designation of the former B-1 and H-D (Highway Development) Zones to C-N. After explaining the final adoption and change to the residents present, many appeared relieved and at the close of the meeting several of the representatives present for Homes for All appeared upset.

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS Credit Suisse Teams up with Jersey Cares to Rebuild Boyd Elementary School

by Phil Schmidt SEASIDE HEIGHTS - If there was anything positive to come from the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, it was the opportunity to rebuild at the Hugh J. Boyd School in Seaside Heights. The school suffered extensive flood damages, totaling over two million dollars by recent estimates of school officials. Four to five inches of water wasn’t enough to cause any structural damage, but after sitting vacant for more than a month after the storm, the entire school needed to be gutted and rebuilt. The carpeting, which covered the concrete floors, the sheet rock on the walls and ceilings all needed to be replaced and the structure needed to be cleared of mold. Throughout the summer, volunteers from Credit Suisse Bank have been organizing corporate service outings through Jersey Cares to help paint class rooms, install furniture, plant flowers and unload supplies. Alex Perretti of Jersey Cares said her organization has been helping Sandy victims in the area for four months. “We work with other non-profit agencies such as schools and shelters and assess their needs and create different ways for volunteers to help whether it’s through a corporate service project or through a calendar where people can just sign up.” Volunteers, through the program can sign up to provide meal services or labor to paint a house, gut a house or rebuild a home damaged by the hurricane last October. Ms. Perretti said she was contacted by volunteers who wanted to volunteer on a Sandy recovery project, which led Credit-Suisse and


others to the Boyd School. They decided on the school after reaching out to the district to see if they wanted help. The school got a helpful hand in the way of donated school furniture from the Union City School District which donate 3 tractor trailers full of school furniture. The saving is important to Chris Raichle, the principal of the school. Sandy allowed school officials to fast track prior school capital improvement projects such as replacing air-conditioners and repairing the school’s roof. “We’re still not entirely sure how much insurance and FEMA would reimburse us, so we wanted to rely on donations until everything cleared itself out,” Mr. Raichle said. “The school was in need of capital repairs and we had multi-year plan to fix the roof and do some renovations, but Sandy accelerated the time frame for 4 or 5 years to 8 months.” Students displaced by the storm used classes at Central Regional High School from December through June. Some, Mr. Raichle said, did not return because their families were displaced long term by the hurricane. “We’ve had an enormous amount of donations from

people from across the country, totaling $50,000 to be used for items for the students,” he said. “Usually, we like to enjoy the summer, but this year, we’re really looking forward to September and having more normalcy.” “They’re coming back to a brand new school and I think they’re going to be very excited when they come back,” Kevin O’Shea, the district business administrator said. “It’s the one bright side of the storm, we’re going to come back bigger and better.”

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“North End Blight” Covered By Mural

SEASIDE HEIGHTS-Described as “north end blight” by the Seaside Heights BID, the section of boardwalk businesses damaged by Sandy and not yet repaired received a welcome makeover in July. The mural was painted by the Chroma Dolls, Kala Hagopian & Ali Williams, both of Philadelphia during their “Shore to Love” New

Casino Pier Reopens

On August 2nd, the Casino Pier reopened after being closed since Hurricane Sandy. For the night, pier owners offered free rides to all visitors. A sparse crowd was on hand, but visitors have been returning since to enjoy a part of the shore taken away briefly by Hurricane Sandy.

Photo: Seabreeze Rentals on the bay-side in Seaside Heights.

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Jersey Mural Tour in which the pair painted murals in Union Beach, Asbury Park, LBI, Wildwood and Seaside Heights along with volunteer artists on a public paint day held on the boardwalk. The mural was painted with acrylic paints on parachute cloth. The Seaside Heights mural is titled: No Place Like the Shore.

“Super Storm” Met with Mixed Reactions

Company Responds to criticisms over name of new ride on Casino Pier SEASIDE HEIGHTS-The Casino Pier in Seaside Heights unveiled their newest attraction, named “Super Storm” on Sunday on their official Facebook page. While many of their fans were supportive of the name of the ride, some expressed displeasure, prompting a response by the amusement company. “Casino Pier is sympathetic to all those affected by the storm,” the statement said. “Our employees, friends, and family lost their homes, cars, and possessions – also

Casino Pier was greatly affected by the storm.” “All of us have worked really hard to rebuild,” the company said. ”While everyone may not like the name, here is a way of looking at things: The Jet Star in the ocean became one of the main images from the storm’s devastation – but we are rebuilding and the brand new ride symbolizes recovery is possible and is a new image of Casino Pier. Recovery, remembering, and resilience [sic]” Mike Peck, a fan of the site said, “If people are going to complain over the name of a ride, you have too much free time. You should be happy that Casino Pier has worked it’s butt off to open some rides in such a short time.”


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SPORTS Page B2 • POLICE BLOTTER b1 3 • ELECTION 2 013 Page b14

Beachwood Junior Sailing Blast page B7

T.R.E.L.L. Update

Island Heights: Then & Now page B9

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Scout Pages pages B11 & B12

New Business Openings

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Manchester Juniors State Champions by Phil Stilton MANCHESTER-It’s not as alluring as Bristol, Connecticut or Commack, New York, but the Manchester Little League Junior League All-Stars headed to Freehold this week after winning the state championship last weekend. They will try to be the first Ocean County baseball team to reach the Junior League World Series since the 2009 Holbrook Little League team won the regional tournament to finish third in the nation.

Manchester, now representing New Jersey, will play Maine at 10am on August 3rd. Other teams competing in the tournament are Dubious LL of Pennsylvania, Elmwood LL of Rhode Island, Massapeque LL of New York and Freehold Little League, the NJ District 19 champions who are allowed to play in the tournament as the host league and teams from Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland and Massachusetts. Manchester will try to become the second team

to win the tournament from New Jersey. In their first game in the regional tournament, Manchester lost a close game to the Pennsylvania Junior League champions from Dubios, 3-1. Matt Bryant pitched six solid innings, but Manchester couldn’t produce at the plate. In the next round, with their backs against the wall versus the Maine state champs from Hampden-Newburgh, Manchester bounced back with a 10-5 victory. On Wednesday, Manchester was scheduled

Toms River East Little League Finishes #2 in State

After winning the New Jersey Section 3 Championship, the boys of Toms River East Little League lost a very close 4-2 game in the New Jersey State Championship final against East Greenwich. As of Wednesday, E. Greenwich had been eliminated from the tournament after going 0-3 in pool play.

James Volpe Wiffle Ball Tournament

The 3rd annual James Volpe Wiffle Ball tournament. The tournament is run by the Volpe family who, since losing their son James in a tragic car accident three years ago, raises money for youth sports programs in Jackson. Jordan Pickus won the 2013 “Heart and Soul Award”. The event is held each year at Holbrook Little League in Jackson.


State Troopers Play Ball For Pediatric Cancer LAKEWOOD-Members of the New Jersey State Police and Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League (ABCCL) took the diamond Sunday at First Energy Park in Lakewood for their fifth-annual fund-raiser to raise money and awareness for Camp Quality New Jersey which benefits children and families battling cancer. The charity game raised well over $16,000 for the volunteer-driven, non-profit organization which delivers week-long camping experiences and year-round support programs for children with cancer. “It provides us the ability to offer children with cancer wonderful activities, and the opportunity to let them be kids again” said Sharon Goldman, Camp Quality’s director. For Monique Koehler, ABCCL League President, the game represents an “opportunity to give back to youngsters who deal with all kinds of adversity, much more than we could ever imagine. The ABCCL appreciates that Camp Quality’s year-round activities are completely serviced by volunteers who give their time, talents and compassion entirely for the joy of a child and that all funds raised go to help the children.” The contest helped increase awareness for the exceptional work done by Camp Quality and also show appreciation to the NJ State Troopers who make the game possible by securing the field and dedicating their weekend for the cause. With the regular season nearing it completion, the ABCCL team deserved equal thanks for taking time away from their respective clubs to play the exhibition. The players certainly did not grant any favor by taking it easy on the opposition. Joseph Fiore (Point Beach, NJ/McDaniel College) led the way for the All-Stars with a pair of RBIs, in-route to a 4-1 victory over the Troopers. Despite the outcome, Angelo Fiore, General Manager and Head Coach for the both game’s ABCCL team and Langan Baseball Falcons, praised the Troopers, exclaiming “They gave us all we could handle.” Following the game, Tom Porricelli, ABCCL Senior Vice President, awarded Joe Fiore and catcher, Carlos Estevez of the State Troopers, MVP honors for their efforts on the diamond.

Jackson 8’s Viking Classic Champs by Pete Zamichieli SOUTH BRUNSWICK-The Monroe Falcons were never able to get over the hump and get over its troubles against Jackson 8u All-stars in the South Brunswick Viking Classic Championship game on Saturday 7/20, as they 7-5 to Jackson Little League in the 8U championship game. Monroe scored on a tworun home run by AJ Gracia and on a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning, followed by an RBI single by Nick Stump in the fifth inning. Unfortunately, Monro was never able to take the lead. RJ Vashey and James

Grueiro racked up three RBIs each for Jackson 8u All-stars. Vashey homered in the 2nd to put Jackson up 2-0 and Grueiro blasted a bases clearing triple in the 4th to put Jackson up 7-1. Four relief pitchers finished off the game for Jackson. Trevin Rieger came on in the bottom of the 3rd with the bases loaded to shut down the Monroe threat. Anthony Mehmet recorded the final 5 outs to secure the championship. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and 2 out,Mehmet induced a grounder to short that PJ Zamichieli fired across the diamond for the final out.

TOMS RIVER-Holbrook Little League’s 8 year old allstars defeated Manchester 11-1 in 5 innings to win the 2013 District 18 8 year old all-star tournament.

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Council Briefs

With the crush of summer holidays and events largely passed and the dog days of the season upon us, we bring readers the news and actions of our town councils – now largely in shortened summer session schedules – in this second issue, bringing all up to date in time for mid-August meetings and the season’s end. Enjoy! • The governing body unanimously approved the hiring of Special Class II Police Officer Christopher J. Crossley, who was subsequently sworn into his role by Mayor Paul Kennedy. • The preliminary base flood elevation maps were unanimously approved by the borough council.

Open Public Session Notes

• East Long Branch Avenue resident Maria Golda represented the Ocean Gate Civic Club and reported raising $2,800 to benefit the annual movie on the beach taking place on August 24th at 8 pm with a rain date of August 31st. Mayor Kennedy thanked the Civic Club and noted that the total cost of the evening would be about $2,100 and that funds left over would go right towards next year’s movie. • Stone Harbor Avenue resident Craig Cronheim reported that it appeared the borough website was hacked by an anti-American group, which Mayor Kennedy confirmed and stated they were working to correct. • East Arverne Avenue resident Liz Cochrane followed up with the governing body regarding the bad odor emanating from the swamp area behind her and her neighbor’s properties in mostly the Berkeley Township land, which was inundated by standing water and garbage during and following Hurricane Sandy. Mayor Kennedy stated that he and the governing body were well aware of the issue as stated previously and reported on in the early July edition of the Ocean Signal. “I agree 100 percent it’s so bad and when the wind is blowing the wrong way, it’s worse,” he said. “I personally feel bad and wouldn’t want to smell it, either - the problem here is that it’s a multijurisdictional issue that does involve the borough to the point that it’s my residents [being affected] but the problem exists in another municipality.” He added that besides Berkeley Township, Jersey Central Power and Light also owned an easement in that area and part of the property belonged to Ocean County. “I’m doing my best to work on it on our end,” the mayor continued, stating that part of the problem was that equipment could not easily be brought back into that area to drain the water and clean up the problem. “Your property is beautiful - I’ve seen it and you’re not alone, we haven’t ignored you.” He added that he would attend any Berkeley Township governing body meeting with the residents from that neighborhood to discuss the problem directly with that municipality.

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Issues Addressed

Borough Attorney James Gluck brought up a parking dispute that flared up for the five attached houses located at the northern dead end of Angelsea Avenue, which back up to the municipal lot but are otherwise unable to park near or on their properties. Mayor Kennedy stated that the five parking spots situated on an angle behind the five residences were expressly marked out years earlier in the municipal lot to be used by those residents, but that those residents had recently informed the borough that they were running into problems with non-residents parking there and causing a hardship on their access to the property, as the spaces are not dedicated specifically to their properties. The governing body unanimously approved Mr. Gluck to research the matter further and possibly write an ordinance dedicating those five parking spaces to their adjacent residences.

FEMA Restoration of Municipal Properties Update

Chief Financial Office Paulette Konopka reported on her recent discussions with agents from the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] as they relate to municipal properties in town. She stated that in a preliminary conversation, the agency would pay for the tennis court to be powerwashed and the ballfield would replace the clay and bases, but that if it was in the borough’s contract with waste management company AshBritt - who collected and piled the trash left out from borough residences there during Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts - to return the field to its original condition, then that company would have to make good on their contract. Ms. Konopka added that rather than replacing the 21 meters for the riverfront parking spaces - which would be costly as parts cannot be ordered for the outdated mechanisms - a new digital kiosk was ordered to accept coins and bills for payment and allow police officers to quickly log in and see which municipal spaces were overdue for payment when making their rounds. Moving on, she stated that by the end of July, contractors were expected to repair the roof and interior walls of the first aid building.

Mayor’s Report

• Mayor Kennedy recalled the Catholic HEART Workcamp volunteers who were around the borough and other areas of the Toms River and Barnegat Bay to provide relief to municipalities and homeowners through cleanup and repair efforts in early July. He stated that the group was staying at Monsignor Donovan High School in Toms River and while they were not allowed to refresh themselves in the water along the borough shoreline due to insurance restrictions, the Ocean Gate Volunteer Fire Company provided “wetdowns” with their pumper truck every day after their work was finished except for one day mid-week when Governor Chris Christie was in Toms River and requested to meet

the group at the high school. The visit by the governor, Mayor Kennedy added, was to mark the occasion that the he had changed the state law to allow minors the ability to volunteer in New Jersey as a direct request by the Catholic HEART Workcamp organization. “I think they really wanted to stay and get sprayed down instead of seeing the governor in that hot gym again,” the mayor laughed, adding thanks to all their efforts, including cleaning up debris and brush from the riverfront area west of the Ocean Gate Yacht Club. - The beach prism project, Mayor Kennedy reported, was in a 20-day comment period, after which it would likely be available to go out for bid as the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection approved the project. The beach prisms were researched as a project for Ocean Gate as they reduce wave action and thus erosion, and increase the amount of sand deposited by the moving water, but do not act to halt the flooding along the riverfront that has occurred since last October’s Hurricane Sandy. That flooding, which several officials and residents have speculated occurs due to the higher water levels in the Barnegat Bay watershed as a result of storm debris and new submerged sand deposits, is being looked into for other solutions, including constructing backflow prevention technology on the outflow of the municipal storm drains. Following studies of the borough riverfront, it was determined that four proposed locations for beach prisms would be the easternmost beach near the borough’s border, the Angelsea Avenue beachfront, the wood groin on the eastern side of the Ocean Gate Yacht Club and at the end of the bulkhead to the west of the yacht club. • Mayor Kennedy stated that he received a letter “from the Second Pier Girls, as they’re calling themselves now” requesting permission to host a River Lady trip from the Wildwood Avenue pier (known here as the “first pier”) as the Ocean Gate Historical Society’s trip from the same location to commemorate their 25th anniversary sold out very quickly and many were unable to participate. The governing body unanimously approved the request.

Council Reports

• Council President Dave Kendrick, who is also the chair of the public safety committee, reported on re-

cent activity of the Ocean Gate Police Department for the first six month period of the year. In his report, he stated that the department had responded to 19 motor vehicle crashes, 84 first aid calls, five criminal mischief calls, 11 thefts, 14 burglaries or attempted burglaries, 973 total calls for service, and 18 fire calls. Additionally, the department had made 477 motor vehicle stops, issued 321 violations, made 22 warrant arrests, 10 DWI arrests, responded to seven ordinance violations and arrested a total of 51 adults for that period of time. • Councilwoman Joella Nicastro thanked Mr. Gluck for his work in allowing the Ocean Gate Historical Society to give back their land, buildings and caboose to the borough for insurance purposes as the annual cost of paying for the required service was a large burden for which approximately 2/3rds their annual fundraising went towards. The historical society, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year on August 11th with a daylong celebration at their facilities on the corner of Asbury and East Cape May Avenue, will continue to operate within them and maintain their historical artifacts for the benefit of current and future Ocean Gate residents. • Ms. Nicastro also stated that she thought “the town is really moving along in its efforts from Sandy - people are rebuilding and cleaning up and I think the town looks fantastic compared to what it did look like. We’re getting there.” • Councilman James McGrath, who is chairman of the recreation committee, thanked all who participated in the annual July 4th parade and beach games. “It was good to see the town come out and get together,” he said. “I like to see the kids come out and have a good time.” • Councilman Frank Santarpia asked that the town look into enforcing the sight triangles on the corner properties in town so as to cut down on the increased probability of motor vehicle accidents at the intersections throughout the borough. Mayor Kennedy asked Mr. Gluck to look into the ordinance on record regarding the matter and stated he would ask Code Enforcement Official Paul Butow to make them a priority in his rounds. • Mr. Santarpia added that he was noticing more and more old CRT television sets sitting out on roadways in front of houses, and wanted residents to know that while the town does not accept them, there are certain vendors in the area who trade in scrap materials that would.

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Ocean Gate Historical Society 25th Anniversary River Lady Cruise Residents and members of the borough historical society had marked their 25th year with a special cruise on the River Lady, launching off Wildwood Avenue pier, here.

Town-Wide Yard Sale

The Borough of Ocean Gate held their annual “World’s Largest” Town-Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, August 3rd, with approximately 50 residences officially participating across town. Patrons arriving from out of town were greeted by members of the Ocean Gate Volunteer First Aid Squad, who held their annual coin toss fundraiser and provided maps to all. Mayor Kennedy, at his yard sale, stated that though it was a quiet summer this year, he was looking forward to the events this Saturday at Ocean Gate Day (see notice, below) and hoped everybody in town was, too, especially the fireworks display that will be launched off the end of Wildwood Avenue pier with funds raised without any taxation.

Ocean Gate Borough Turns 95; Fire Company Turns 100 Information provided by Mayor Paul Kennedy OCEAN GATE – This summer, Ocean Gate Borough will celebrate its 95th year since incorporation while the Ocean Gate Volunteer Fire Company commemorates the century mark. Activities to mark these occasions will occur on Saturday, August 10th beginning with a fundraiser flapjack breakfast at Applebee’s of Toms River, Lacey, Manchester and Brick from 8 to 10 am. At all four locations, 100 percent of the

proceeds will go to Hometown Heroes, the agency responsible for aiding victims of Hurricane Sandy in Ocean Gate through the Robin Hood Foundation. Cost is $10 per person. For tickets, donations and more information, please contact Mayor Kennedy at or by calling (732) 269-3166 ext. 28. From there, crafters, vendors, food and music will be present from 9 am to 4 pm at the Wildwood Avenue beachfront. Additionally, the Ocean Gate First Aid Squad will sponsor their

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first annual Cardboard Boat Race at the end of the Wildwood Avenue pier. Music will follow on the beach from 7 to 10:30 pm featuring the band, Bums in the Park. Closing out the day will be a fireworks display at nightfall, or approximately 9 pm, launched from the end of Wildwood Avenue pier. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the fireworks can contact the mayor using the above information. No taxpayer dollars will be used to support the fireworks show.


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Halos and Hammers Group Helps Local Residents Recover from Sandy by Erik Weber BEACHWOOD - For much of the past nine months, the whine of power tools and crack of hammers have been heard in communities around the shore as residents, contractors and volunteers work to return present day to a version of normalcy that existed


before Hurricane Sandy cut her way into the properties, hearts and lives of hundreds of thousands last October. One trend noticed by officials and property owners alike is the steady stream of volunteer aid groups from near and far, and many arriving through networks based on religious belief that connect area houses

of worship with distant counterparts. Several weeks ago, Halos and Hammers was one such organization, a Connecticut-based youth group arriving here under the banner of the United Church of Christ, which has a local parish on Ridgeway Road in Toms River. After Sandy, group leaders

reached out to their church network to find out how they could help the New Jersey and New York shore areas recover, much as they had in other communities in recent years after floodwaters ravaged Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Hurricane Katrina’s combination of wind, rain and flooding carved an infamous path of destruction in 2005 still present four years later in Biloxi, Mississippi. Other areas aided by the youth mission to help those generally in need included eastern Maine and part of West Virginia. John Bucciarelli, the mission trip committee chairman for the United Church of Christ in Southbury, Connecticut, said that 40 members of his church joined 40 members of the United Church of Christ in Needham, Massachusetts, including about 60 high schoolaged youth members and their 20 adult chaperones, to travel to Ocean County where they stayed on air mattresses virtually wall-to-wall in Adrian Hall, the community center in Ocean Gate, while working on several projects in that borough, plus Beachwood and Lavallette. He said that many of those who are helped by his group and others “are proud people, and it’s really hard to ask for help - that’s why we’re here. We take a week out of our life and help.” All of the volunteers pay their way, mostly through fundraising and asking their own families to help in the cost of approximately $600 each. While in their other projects here they helped repair or rebuild roofs and walkways, An-

chor Avenue resident Robyn Griffith, whose mid-20th century ranch-style home is located well inland of the shoreline but sustained damaging winds, rain and ground flooding, said her home suffered a surprising amount of damage and may have even slightly shifted off its foundation. “Soffits were blown up and down and then pieces blew away and we had water damage when two front windows blew out and a gust of wind ripped the front door open, exposing the flooring and subflooring to damage throughout the storm and thereafter as the frame had shifted,” she said, adding that all of the flooring in the home then needed to be removed due to saturation and mold. “Most people, when they hear about hurricane damage, they think about the barrier island, but what people don’t realize is that there were a lot of homes in the area that were damaged, too.” Further compounding her problems, the ice cream novelty and merchandise shop where she worked for much of the past three decades in Lavallette was destroyed by the oceanfront surge that pushed over the Barnegat Peninsula and into the bay. While reaching her breaking point, she ran into a friend who recommended several groups and churches who could possibly help, including the one in Toms River that connected her to the youth mission group arriving from New England. “They’ve done miracles here today with what they’ve done, and without them I’d be sitting here going, ‘How am I going

to do this?’” said Ms. Griffith, who noted that her next challenge was to find gainful employment to replace the higher-than-minimum-wage job she held for so many years while continuing to try and tackle the compounding issues she’s finding in her house, like black mold and further water damage. “It’s been tough - for the agencies that are supposed to be there for you and aren’t, I have really nothing good to say, but for the groups and volunteers who are taking time out of their schedules to help people, like this one - they need to be recognized and people need to know they are out there and they care.” Gabby Battaglia, who will be a junior this fall in her hometown of Middlebury, Connecticut, said that she “just likes making people happy. That sounds really corny but I love seeing other people happy.” “I’ve been participating in the youth group all year,” she continued. “My friend has been involved for a while and she encouraged me to join. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been talking about this mission trip [and] doing service projects and fundraisers.” The soon-to-be high school junior added that the handson skills she was gaining while here were inherently beneficial to her future. “I’m learning building skills and how to use tools,” she said, adding that she was considering a career in engineering. “I’d never fixed roofs or done any of these things before, and also I’m meeting great people and it’s making me feel a lot better - helping people.”

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Beachwood Yacht Club Junior Sailing Blast Regatta The Beachwood Yacht Club carried on their proud tradition of junior sailing on the Toms River with the Beachwood Blast Regatta on July 19th, featuring dozens of beginner and experienced junior sailors from across the area who competed in their respective classes and later were celebrated in a special reception inside the clubhouse on Compass Avenue. Photos courtesy Sue Bednarz.

Monoc-1 Helicopter Rescue

At approximately 4 pm on Friday, July 26th, the Beachwood Police Department, along with the Beachwood and Pine Beach volunteer fire companies and the Beachwood Volunteer First Aid Squad, responded to a motorcycle accident near the Beachwood Library on Beachwood Boulevard. One person was treated at the scene and rushed to the sports field at Birch & Surf Park in the southern end of town for helicopter evacuation by Monoc-1. The motorcyclist was reported as unconscious at the scene; no further details have been made available.

Free Senior Exercise Program Offered BEACHWOOD - The Beachwood Municipal Alliance announced it is offering a Health East Move Today exercise program for borough seniors each Wednesday from 10:30 to 11:30 am in the borough firehouse on Beachwood

Boulevard. Participants will increase their strength and flexibility, improve balance and posture, learn to correctly and safely bend, relieve tension and stress, reduce the risk of falls and injury, and fight

osteoporosis, among other things. For more information please contact Gwen Forte at (732) 244-2681 or gwensgab@verizon. net. Registration and medical clearance form are required.

13th Annual Community Yard Sale - September 28th & 29th BEACHWOOD - The Recreation Commission, here, has announced that their 13th annual community yard sale will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 28th and 29th, from 9 am to 4 pm each day. Registration is $12 and in-

cludes advertisement, listing on the map and an official identification balloon. Proceeds go to benefit recreation activities within the borough and forms are available in borough hall on Pinewald Road. Balloon and map pick up is at borough hall on Fri-

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day, September 27th from 4 to 6 pm. Registration ends on Friday, September 20th at 3 pm. Residents are also reminded not to leave their ‘unwanted treasures’ out for trash pickup until their scheduled pickup day or else summonses will be issued.


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Council Briefs

With the crush of summer holidays and events largely passed and the dog days of the season upon us, we bring readers the news and actions of our town councils – now largely in shortened summer session schedules – in this second issue, bringing all up to date in time for mid-August meetings and the season’s end. Enjoy!

Lake Drive Speed Limit

Lake Drive resident Ashley Slack approached the governing body after dropping a letter off to their attention addressing safety concerns on her street, where the Cozy Cove and Nelson Yacht Basin marinas are also in operation, and specifically asked whether the speed limit was supposed to be 10 miles per hour. She added that she recalled a sign posted on her roadway with such a limit years earlier before a house was built and the sign removed in that location. Councilman Joe Rogalski stated that he looked into it with Lt. Kevin Arnold and that the lieutenant “has been here a while and has never seen that 10 mph speed limit.” Councilman John Bendel asked whether the speed limit on Lake Drive was within the borough’s jurisdiction to change. “If it’s below 25 mph, you have to get permission from the state,” replied Lt. Arnold. “You can put a suggestive orange or yellow one, but it’s not really enforceable.” Ms. Slack asked whether there was a 10 mph speed limit sign on East Camp Walk, and Councilman Brian Taboada, a resident there, stated that there was but that it had been there “forever” and he was not aware whether it was legal or not. “It used to be a lot smaller,” he added, noting that years ago the state passed a law that speed limit signs had to be a uniform size, and when the borough was replacing their signs to meet that requirement, it was likely the sign was merely updated without question. Ms. Slack stated that there were no signs at all on Lake Drive, including a dead end sign. Lt. Arnold replied that he didn’t want to start a “family feud” but that Ms. Slack’s mother had informed the town before that she felt there were too many signs on the waterfront as there was. Ms. Slack added that times had changed and the marinas often brought out-of-towners onto the street who were not aware of the speed limit, causing a dangerous situation at times. The lieutenant stated that if there was an extra 25 mph sign at public works, he would ask that it be installed to inform motorists on Lake Drive.

Carry In, Carry Out Updates

Former Councilwoman Betsy Hyle was present


at the meeting and stated that she had noticed fishing wire being left behind by patrons of the waterfront in recent weeks, and asked whether a receptacle specifically for the disposal of fishing wire could be installed. “I suspect if they’re leaving it there, they’re not going to pick it up and put it in a filament holder,” said Mr. Taboada. River Avenue resident Ann Kempton stated that “most people are good but unless they get a ticket or are arrested they’re not going to stop.” Mr. Taboada stated that a member of the public works department walks the boardwalk every morning and only collects enough trash to fill a small plastic food store bag, which is a great deal less than when the receptacles were present and overflowing multiple times per day with trash from parked cars and private households. Mrs. Hyle agreed that despite the fishing wire incident, “it’s working and I think it’ll work at Long Point, too.” Lt. Arnold stated that a waste receptacle could be placed at Long Point as that area received hardly a fraction of public motor or foot traffic that River Avenue had, and would generate substantially less garbage as a result.

Further actions of the borough governing body included:

• adopting on second reading an ordinance setting annual salary and hourly wages for certain officers of the borough. • adopting a resolution authorizing the grace period for interest on taxes to be extended to August 30th due to their late distribution by the county. • approving a raffle license application to the Community Medical Center Auxiliary Association for their event on October 5th. • approving the hiring of a badge checker for $11 an hour. • approving two purchase order requests, including $1,498.50 to Yardville Supplies for 150 80-lb. bags of Solar Salt at $9.99 each for the water and sewer department and $729.50 to H & D Rosetto, Inc. for the delivery and disposal of a 30-yard roll off dumpster from the 277 Summit Avenue property cleanup. • authorizing the increase in contract for the water storage tank project by $96,806 to provide cellular service attachments and support provisions. • tabling an item that would have authorized O’Donnell, Stanton and Associates to utilize as much as $38,500 for the camp meeting ground bluff and shore stabilization project so it could be further researched in cost and scope. • approving the use of the Wanamaker Complex for the 17th Annual Barnegat Bay Festival next year from May 28th to June 1st, covering setup and breakdown. • allowing the Island Heights Friends of the Library book club meet-

ings to use borough hall for the remainder of 2013, including September 19th - which is also book sale week - and November 21st. • approving the annual Friends of the Library book sale to take place September 18th through 22nd. • authorizing the disbursement of $14,520 to the Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company from funds provided to the borough by the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] for their response services during Hurricane Sandy. • Mr. Silver stated that the pavers on the thumb area in front of the Central Avenue Pavilion was to be installed at the end of July and included the installation of the medallion in the center. • approving the installation of a new motor in the Dodge Durango used by borough police at a cost of $4,300 after it was totaled out by the insurance company and purchased back at a savings following damage received during Hurricane Sandy. • approving the purchase of lumber at a cost of $2,018.60 to complete repairs at the Lake Drive dock. • Mr. Bendel stated that he had seen himself and received several phone calls confirming the increased police presence and activity along the riverfront boardwalk. “I wanted to commend the police for paying attention to a very busy season down there, and I appreciate seeing the police involved,” he said. • Mr. Silver reported that the five tandem truckloads of sand delivered to Summit Avenue Beach “should have freshened it up quite a bit.” Mr. Taboada agreed that “it actually looks great” and noted that he was surprised by an abundance of seaweed present, as it was a “good thing for the bay.” • Mr. Silver stated that new signage was ordered displaying proper borough ordinances - from no walking dogs on the boardwalk to no open fires to the recent carry in, carry out trash policy - and would be installed along the riverfront. • Mr. Taboada stated he and Jon Brodbeck with the public works department were continuing to find an affordable solution to dispose of the illegally dumped cans of paint, paint thinners and other hazardous materials at the public works garage, as their most recent estimate was for $15,000. “And we have no idea who dumped it,” stated Mrs. Hyle. “A lot of people over time,” replied Mr. Bendel. Mr. Taboada stated he felt it was from a contractor, and Mayor Biggs asked if the security camera at the public works yard was repaired. “Yes, but it’s too far in the distance,” said Mr. Silver. “We have a camera on order to add to the building for a better view.”

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Brookville: A Tale of Two Summer Camps, Part One by Erik Weber BROOKVILLE - Among the whispering pines, sandy trails and buzzing cicadas down here in Ocean Township stand two different but equally important rites of youth for children from across Ocean County: the Amity Acres Day Camp and Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation.

Amity Acres Day Camp: Confidence and Skills for Future Women Leaders (and their little brothers) Traveling down a long, sandy road and through a security gate, visitors here are often greeted by the smiles, waves and directions of Girl Scout counselors on duty who guide vehicles to park and - in the mornings - be invited to view the opening flag raising and ceremonies that mark the start of campers’ days here. Operated by Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and accredited by the American Camp Association, campers enjoy a host of activities - including the traditional swimming, arts and crafts, weekly special campfire dinners, boating, archery and nature education - alongside specialty and choice activities as wall climbing, zip lining, cooking and more. “We have day camp for girls pre-kindergarten to 7th, 8th, 9th grade as long as, really, they want to stay campers,” said Linda “Skeeter” Burkhardt, director of Amity Acres. “We offer half-day program and activities as a unit and then half-day girls’ choice, where they get to pick the activities that they would like to do - a whole gamut of stuff, games and activities. They have a lot of fun here. “Skeeter” - a camp nickname for Ms. Burkhardt used by campers, aides, and parents alike - has been associated with

Amity Acres for the better part of two decades, and her office is located in a red-painted, steel sheathed trailer that sits across from the main cabin and is lovingly cluttered to the ceiling with hand-made motivational artwork, notes, snacks, photographs and includes the camp store and nurse’s office. Along with Joan Basilotto, the outdoor programming manager for the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, Ms. Burkhardt discussed what camp meant to growing girls and how they hoped it helped shape and improve their futures. “I hope that they are more self-confident, that they know they can try things and if it doesn’t work out, it’s okay, and if they find out that they’re good at it, that’s even better,” she said from a picnic table outside her office while groups of two, three and more girls walked by and greeted the pair. “It’s kind of a close-knit community, and they build nice friendships, and I think they’re more confident and they’re able to grow because it’s basically a girl-only environment so there’s no boy element influence where they have to compete or they’re distracted as they get older.” “And I hope that they come away knowing that they can do what they want to do,” Ms. Burkhardt added. “And that they’ve made a lot of good memories,” said Ms. Basilotto, adding to her associates statement. “That they’ve had fun, they’ve made new friends and they want to come back. Just this morning, somebody was asking for a camper to see if she was coming back. I said, ‘Do you know her from school?’ She said, ‘No, I just know her from camp.’ And so this is where they come back and meet the friends that they haven’t seen all year.” “And we watch them grow throughout the years,” she continued. “I

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mean, after they’re gone for nine months and they come back to us, we look and say, ‘Wow.’ They’ve grown, they’ve matured, they’ve changed so much but they still come back to camp because they love it here.” Nearby the main cabin with its requisite large wood-burning fireplace and rustic, lodge design stand a number of small wooden cabins with curtains drawn across for campers to change inside before heading down the path past the zip line and wall climbing areas to the white sand beach and glittering lake heralded over by a certified lifeguard and including a gazebo with sitting areas, canoe storage and launch and floating walkways encircling the swimming areas. Back up and into various clearings in the wooded area that hugs the camp sit more rustic gazebos with picnic tables for lunch, arts and crafts or instruction. A campfire area - where many a marshmallow reached its final fate - is on the way up to the open field and archery area, where girls combine the skills of Robin Hood with the grace of Maid Marion as they take aim and shoot for the best spot on the target.


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“There’s a lot of learning going on in camp experiential learning,” said Ms. Basilotto. “They are not sitting in a classroom. They are out seining at the lake. They’re learning about bugs, or they’re on a fossil hunt. Or they’re learning how to work as a team paddling a boat. Climbing a climbing wall. All of that gives them an educational edge for something that they may in the future use. They’ll look back on this and say, ‘Oh, I did this in Girl Scouts. Or, ‘I did this at camp.’ Camp just is a place for kids to explore nature, to do things they’ve never done and if you talk to them during the school year, they’ll tell you: ‘I did that at camp.’ If you ask them in the beginning of the school year, ‘What was your favorite thing about summer? What did you do? ‘I went to camp.’” “All kids should go to camp,” she added. Ms. Burkhardt pulled one of the many examples of campers who have grown and flourished both at the camp and throughout the remainder of their year by relating the story of one girl who first arrived in kindergarten and - when they used to let all ages stay overnight - requested to go home on her first overnight. “She came to me at about 10, 11 o’clock at night with a smile on her face


- ‘I want to go home,’” she recalled. “’Well, no you don’t.’ Because other girls, you know, have come and they’re crying and they’re visibly upset and they maybe do need to go home. But she was very quiet and I go, ‘No, you can’t do this - just go to sleep and you’ll be proud of yourself.’ ‘No, no no.’ And she insisted and I was like, ‘Really?’ Because she just didn’t strike me as the kid that really needed to go home. But, she did and her mother came and got her. But now she’s been coming back every year and now she’s gone through the [Camp Program Aide] program and is looking forward to one day being paid staff.” “It’s like, I knew her when she was this big and now she’s just a little taller,” Ms. Burkhardt laughed. “For a lot of them, their first time away from their home is sleeping at a friend’s or family member’s,” said Ms. Basilotto. “But when they come to camp, they’re sleeping in a tent with nobody but their fellow campers. And they get a little scared, and then they hear the birds or the frogs and the crickets, and they get a little nervous. And it’s our goal to talk them into telling them how much fun it is and how much better you’ll feel about it in the morning if you stay. And then when they do,

they’re just shocked that they’ve done it, so it’s a confidence builder for girls.” Amity Acres Day Camp, along with other camps operated by the Girl Scouts, she noted, fit right in with the organization’s mission goal “to help girls grow strong. To help them build confidence in character and to have girls trying a lot of different things even if you may never go boating again because you don’t like it - but you tried it. You may never shoot a bow and arrow again, but you did it. Or you may shoot that bow and arrow and join our archery club. Or you may decided that, ‘I want to explore photography more because I was taking pictures and I saw that.’ We may have some budding chefs in our cooking program. They love the cooking program. They’re cooking, they’re cleaning up, they’re eating what they’ve prepared and this is where you do a lot of tasting of different things in life and then hopefully later on in life, take it farther.” Both women urged any parents on the fence about whether or not to consider camp for their child or children, to bring them for an open house or visit for a guided tour first. “It’s as if you were looking for a college - you really normally don’t send your child to a college that you haven’t seen, usually,” said Ms. Basilotto. “You want it to be a good fit for your child - every kid’s not an outdoor kid. And we are outdoors. If it rains, we get wet and that’s what it is. Children need to agree with the parents that this is the place for them, and they’ll see it on their face when they come to the open house and they take a tour and the parent will look down and say, ‘What do you think?’ “I love it! I love it!” she mock stage-whispered. Amity Acres Day Camp is also not limited to just girls - their little brothers are also invited to ‘tag along’, too with a special program called exactly that - Tagalongs. “If a sister’s here in camp and she has a brother aged four to eleven, they are invited to join camp as well because it’s a convenience for the parents to be able to take their child to one

place and also - boys love it here,” stated Ms. Basilotto. “I can tell you a story about a boy who went to school after the summer and wore his Girl Scout camp shirt. And the back is the logo the trefoil - and he was little, about third grade, and the boys were teasing him. ‘You went to Girl Scout camp?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I went to Girl Scout camp, I got to go boating and do archery and swimming,’ and he started naming all the things he did, and he said, ‘What did you do?’ And they left him alone.’” “The boys look forward to it,” she continued. “There’s a nine-year-old boy whose mother said, ‘I really feel bad sending him to Girl Scout camp.’ I said, ‘Why?’ She said, ‘Because he’s a boy.’ I said, ‘What did he say?’ She said, ‘He insists on going.’ I said, ‘Then what’s the problem?’ She said, ‘I guess there is no problem.’ So, he’s looking forward to being a counselor someday, and he’s 9.”

“That really sums up camp - it’s just a great place to be,” said Ms. Basilotto, now alone in this interview as “Skeeter” was called away by a group of cheerful campers seeking her help, advice or opinion. “It’s relaxing - I don’t even feel like sometimes I’m at work because even when

I’m working at camp, it’s like you’re having fun at camp, and what could be better than to have fun at work?” For more information on Amity Acres Day Camp or Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, visit them online at and www.

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POLICE BLOTTER Bank Robberies in Toms River

Jackson Man Captured in New York City After Sexually Assaulting Ex

NEW YORK CITY-U.S. Marshals in New York City have arrested 32 year old Kevin Christian, of Lakewood, and charged him TOMS RIVER-Around noon on August 2nd,Toms River Police responded to a reported robbery in progress at the Ocean First Bank located at 147 Rt. 70 near the Lake Ridge senior development. The suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note demanding money. No weapon was shown. The suspect then fled the bank on foot headed in a westerly direction. The suspect is described as a white male approximately 40 years of age, 5’6” with a thin build and “sunken, worn” face. The suspect was wearing a red pullover hooded sweatshirt, white shorts, a N.Y. Yankees baseball hat and sunglasses with orange mirrored lenses. This investigation is being conducted by the Toms River Police, the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective John Bajcic at 732-349-0150 ext.1278. Sovereign Bank Robbery On July 29, the Toms River Police responded to a reported robbery in progress at the Sovereign Bank located on Route 37 near Hoop-

er Avenue at approximately 12 pm. The suspect entered the bank and handed the teller a note which demanded money. No weapon was shown. The suspect then fled the bank towards Cedar Grove Road on foot. The suspect is described as a white male, late thirties approximately 5”6” with a thin build. The suspect was wearing a dark t-shirt, blue jeans, unzipped sweat shirt and a dark colored baseball cap. The investigation is being conducted by the Toms River Police, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Mark Bajada at 732-349-0150 ext 1241.

with two counts of first degree sexual assault and burglary. The incident happened Friday night at a home said to be his ex-girlfriend’s in Jackson Township. The U.S. Marshall’s service, through their investigation, during their search for Christian tracked Christian to New York City where family members live. He was captured on 59th Street.

Man Arrested After Drunken Tantrum in Jackson Bar JACKSON-On August 4th at 10:45 pm, officers responded to the 21 South Bar and Grill on the report of an intoxicated and disorderly person. It was reported that a male subject inside the bar was intoxicated and was loudly yelling obscenities and racial slurs. When he was told to leave by employees, he then reportedly began throwing and kicking bar stools. Officers encoun-

Owner Hides Pit Bull From Police After Attack in Jackson JACKSON-On August 2nd, at 10:32 pm, officers responded to Luxury Circle on the report of a person who had been bitten by a dog. It was reported that the victim was bitten by a pit bull which was owned by a person who he knew. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The

BRICK-On August 4, 2013, the Brick Township Police responded to the Shop-rite located at 744 Route 70 for a report of a stolen purse. The victim stated that her purse was removed from her shopping cart while she was shopping. Surveillance video and still photos were provided by the store, and based on this information, the Brick Police are looking to identify several persons of interest. Please see the

attached video which shows the crime taking place, and the additional photos which depict four subjects (including the female subject that removed the purse) that the Brick Police wish to identify. The vehicles fled the scene in a black car. Anyone recognizing any of these subjects is asked to call Detective Gregory Mullarkey in the Brick Township Police Detective Bureau at (732)262-1122. The investigation is on-going at this time. Click on the QR code or visit www.ocsignal. com to watch the video onl i n e . Click “ Po l i c e Blotter”.

tered the subject who then began yelling obscenities at them. He was placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct and during the incident, refused to cooperate and get into the patrol car. The 51 year old male resident of Point Pleasant was charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. Bail was set at $7,500.00 and he was later lodged in the Ocean County Jail

incident is still under investigation due to the fact that the owner of the dog, removed the animal prior to the officer’s arrival and was not able to be located. Anyone familiar with this incident who has additional information is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department at 732-9281111.

88 Pounds of Prescription Drugs Recovered by County LAKEWOOD-On July 30th, officials from the Ocean County Health Department, DART and the prosecutor’s office held a prescription medicine drop off event at First Energy Park in Lakewood. The group collected 88 pounds of unused prescrip-

tion medicine from approximately one hundred donors during the event. Photo: Lakewood Police Department Detective Leon Wood, OC Prosecutor’s Office Agent Mike W and Judy Fuentes, from the Lakewood School District.

Plumber Sparks Fire in Ocean Beach OCEAN BEACH-Toms River Police and Ocean Beach Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 2 p.m. at 24 East Shell Way in Ocean Beach. A plumber was at the house sweating pipes when the fire occurred. There were

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Prosecutor’s Office: Heroin Supplier in Toms River Arrested TOMS RIVER-Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced last week, the culmination of an investigation into drug activity and the subsequent arrest of an Essex County man for allegedly supplying heroin within the Ocean County area. On August 1, 2013 at approximately 7pm, Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Special Operations Group, Northern Enforcement Unit and Detectives from the Berkeley Township Police Department executed a search warrant on a black 2004 Infiniti FX 35. The cooperative investigation developed information that the vehicle was being utilized by Shaun Anderson, 35, of 270 Eastern Parkway, Irvington, NJ to store and distribute heroin. On the above date and time, the two partnering agencies located the 2004 Infiniti in the parking lot of the Wendy’s Restaurant located on Route 37 West near Bannanier Drive in Toms River. Detectives approached Anderson and advised him of the court ordered search warrant on his vehicle. The search located ap-

Video Captures Organized Purse Snatching Incident in Brick

proximately 3500 individual dosage units of heroin, along with approximately $2200 in cash within the vehicle. Mr. Anderson was subsequently arrested and transported to the Toms River Police Department for processing. Shaun Anderson was charged with Possession of Heroin and Possession of Heroin with intent to Distribute. The Honorable Superior Court Judge James M. Blaney, JSC set bail on Anderson at $135,000 cash. Mr. Anderson was subsequently housed in the Ocean County Jail. The recovered heroin has an approximate street value of $14,000 dollars. The 2004 Infiniti was also seized pending forfeiture proceedings. Assisting in the investigation as well as the execution of the search warrant were members of the Berkeley Township Police Department, Detective Bureau and the Toms River Police Department, Operations Division. The media and public are reminded that criminal charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

no injuries and the fire was quickly extinguished by Seaside Heights and Seaside Park and Lavallette Fire Companies. Sweating pipes involves using a blowtorch to solder copper fittings together.

Former Toms River School Teacher Admits to Sexual Contact Charge Man Loses Control of Motorcycle; Crashes into Own Parked Car SEASIDE HEIGHTS-The Seaside Heights Police Department shut down Sumner Avenue between the Boulevard and Central Avenue shortly after 10:30 pm on Saturday. Police officers on the scene say a man who was riding a motorcycle on Sumner Avenue lost control and crashed into his own parked car.

Police closed the road after the motorcycle leaked oil and gas along an approximately 50 foot stretch of the side street while firefighters from the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department placed quick dry sand over the spill. The incident happened outside Rigger’s bar. No injuries were reported.

Pedestrian Airlifted to Hospital After Being Struck by Car in Seaside Park SEASIDE PARK-Around 9pm Saturday night, a man was struck by a car that was traveling southbound on Route 35 towards North Bay-view Avenue at the intersection of Farragut Avenue. Tri-Boro first Aid and the Seaside Heights Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

The pedestrian, who suffered a head injury was airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical Center after police closed Route 35 in both directions just north of the Route 37 interchange to create a landing zone. A video of this incident is available on our Ocean County Police Blotter facebook

TOMS RIVER-Erin Haskell, 32, of Barnegat entered a guilty plea to her charge of second degree sexual assault in connection with criminal sexual contact charges against the Toms River Intermediate South school teacher arising out of an inappropriate relationship with a student. On November 27th, 2012, Haskell was charged with the following offenses: Aggravated sexual assault, a crime of the first degree; Sexual assault, a crime of the second degree; Endangering the welfare of a child, a crime of the second degree, and Exhibiting obscene material to a minor, a crime of the third degree. According to Al DellaFave, spokesperson for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, “Ms. Haskell remains free on $300,000 cash bail. Her sentencing will be scheduled after the court receives the results of the Avenel Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center Sex Offender evaluation. As a result

of her guilty plea, Haskell faces 5 to 10 years in New Jersey State Prison and will be subject to Megan’s Law, Parole Supervision for Life, and Nicoles Law.” She is to have no contact with victim. The case was investigated by Detective Melissa Matthews of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Sgt. Glen DeMarco of the Beachwood Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Kristin L. Pressman. “Our investigation determined that an inappropriate relationship developed between Ms. Haskell and one of her students, a minor,” said Marlene Lynch Ford, after the November arrest. ”In order to protect the identity of the victim, this office will not disclose any other identifying information about the victim. A conviction of a second degree crime can result in imprisonment for up to ten (10) years, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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POLITICS Steve Lonegan Says He’s “Saving the American Dream”

Letter to the editor by Steve Lonegan (R), Candidate for U.S. Senate. The American Dream used to be a simple matter of marrying your sweetheart, buying a house, raising a family, and finding a job. That job was the linchpin of your success. With that job, you could afford to buy a home, provide for your family and save for your retirement years. But no longer. Times have changed, and so has corporate America. With job insecurity on the rise and employee security on the decline, now more than ever the hope of owning your own business captivates the hearts and minds of millions of Americans. From the “mom and pop” convenience store around the corner to the Sunday morning cafe, from the beauty parlor nearby to the computer dealership at the mall, nothing else captures the American Dream like the prospect of owning your own small business and being your own boss. Every year, millions of Americans forgo successful careers as employees and set out to become employers. Equipped with nothing more than courage, dedication and an idea, the American small business owner is truly the American Dream personified. And we all owe so much to the great economic pioneers who chose to go it alone. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in his cluttered workshop not very far from here; Henry Ford put together the first Model T in his shed. Steve Jobs created the first “user-friendly” computer in his garage. Microsoft, one of the most successful companies of the last 30 years, was hatched in a college dormitory in the 1970’s. And that’s what the American Dream is all about: The freedom to go it on your own. The freedom to break from the past. The freedom to seize the future. The freedom to try and fail and live to try again. The freedom to turn your dreams into reality. Small business owners want freedom. As a small business owner who worked many years in the manufacturing and retail business, I have been fortunate to experience the freedom from building


something from nothing. I have been blessed to wake up each morning with the satisfaction of knowing I built a business, created jobs for dozens employees, and sold a product that people want to buy and improved their lives. I know firsthand that it is not government that creates jobs. It is the hard work, the entrepreneurial spirit and the natural, inherent drive to succeed that is the root driver of job creation and economic growth in this country. The problem is our government is dominated by politicians who have no experience in the private sector. Many have been groomed for political life since a young age, never venturing out into the real world, never attempting to understand the kind of hard work and sacrifice small business owners endure in pursuit of that American Dream. They have never run a store, or had to make payroll, or work around the clock to fill an order. Nowhere is this more apparent in the New Jersey Senatorial election. The frontrunner on the Democratic side, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, loves to talk about his plan for creating jobs. The irony is that he has never once actually created a job. His five-page job plan reflects a pernicious ideology that believes government knows best. Mayor Booker actually believes jobs and innovation comes from government bureaucrats. He thinks that the private sector, that intangible animal spirit that drives human beings to achieve and elevate everything around them, is secondary to the inefficient and sterile bureaucracy best known for red tape and costly inefficiencies. Mayor Booker’s laundry list of proposals includes a system of manufacturing innovation centers that will direct development of new products and direct the education of a work force to meet the needs of the manufacturers of the products created by these so called innovation centers. The most troubling part of this proposal is what happens next. If, somehow, this disaster manages to get off the ground, Booker calls for “robust oversight” to assure success of these “innova-

tion centers.” These type of policies belie a dangerous contempt for individual initiative and the creativity that responds to and meets the needs of consumers on a daily basis. Let us consider some of the great innovative projects of the past century. There was no “robust oversight,” no political appointee or lifetime bureaucrat looking over the shoulder of Steve Jobs as he worked to change our lives by developing the iPod or iPhone. No government official with a clipboard stalked Henry Ford around his factory, no senior official from the administration tracked Bill Gates’ progress. Yet Booker and his Democratic colleagues promote exactly this kind of stifling environment where the best and brightest are reduced to cogs in a massive governmental machine. It’s time for Washington to get out of the way and let small business owners reach for the stars. I envision a future in which Washington takes a back seat to individual initiative, allowing the American entrepreneurial spirit to thrive instead of keeping it caged up. I envision a world in which federal bureaucrats work with small business owners–not against them–to improve community life around them. I want an environment where dreamers are fettered only by the limits of their own imagination, not by the lead balloon of needless Washington rules and regulations. The price tag on Cory Bookers’ so-called job proposal is $1.6 billion – which is $1.6 billion our government doesn’t have. But the real cost of his program is so much greater. The real cost is the loss of creativity and entrepreneurial risk-taking in the private sector that feeds economic growth in this country. The real loss is the possibility that the next great invention – the next iPad or next life-saving medical device – may never get off the ground. The real cost is that the indomitable desire to work hard and succeed – that has made America the greatest nation on Earth – will be snuffed out, along with our greatness.

SENATE RACE 2013 LOCAL ELECTIONS Former Toms River Mayor: Council Misled Public in Property Tax Claims

Letter to the editor by Paul Brush (D), Candidate for Township Council, Toms River Saying that ”township officials misled residents by proclaiming that property taxes will be relatively stable and that the average tax bill will be about $200 less this year”, the four Democratic candidates running for council in November issued a joint statement today criticizing the council for “taking credit for lowering property taxes in the budget when, in fact, the vast majority of mainland

residents will have to pay more”, “At least the freeholders were truthful when they said that after Super Storm Sandy the county’s loss of ratables in beachfront communities will be made up by inland residents throughout the county”, they said. “But instead of plain talk and the truth from Toms River officials, they led us to believe that our taxes would go down by about $200 or remain stable”, they said. “Can’t our council be honest with our residents, especially in an election year?” they asked. “It’s pretty simple math”, they said, “when you lose $5 billion in ratables and you raise the tax rate13 cents, which is a 33% increase in one year, the majority of residents will pay more in property taxes. And over the next two years, after storm victims have rebuilt their homes, the council could be flush

with cash from the additional ratables unless they are held in check. We aim to do just that.” The candidates also stated that “The tax and spend policies of council have created a mountain of debt to the tune of $159 million even before the storm. The annual debt service payment to our bondholders is over $11 million, an increase of $4 million over the past four years. This has got to stop”, they charged, “we can’t afford it. It’s no wonder Moody’s has lowered our credit rating.” In addition to “reigning in taxes and spending, we propose to suspend the open space tax for at least two years or until the recovery from the storm is completed”, they said. “There is no good reason to be collecting taxes from our residents for open space acquisitions during this post-Sandy recovery”, they concluded.

Democrats and Republicans at Odds Once Again in Brick Letter to the Editor submitted by Keith Rella, Brick Township: BRICK-Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis and some members of the township council are criticizing plans to redirected $2.6 Million in unused funds to purchase playground equipment and other items that went unfunded due to the council’s failure to pass the capital budget. “Some council members decided to try to save face by redirecting funds after failure to pass a capital budget three-quarters of the

way through the year,” said Mayor Acropolis. “What’s unfortunate is if the budget had been moved through promptly, the playground equipment could be purchased with capital funds and perhaps these redirected funds could be invested into roadway or other important infrastructure priorities.” The Council has canceled $2.9 Million from an unused account and redirected $2.6 Million of it toward equipment and other improvements at Windward Beach playground, Angela Hibbard Park, Colora-

do Park and Cedar Bridge Manor Park. “We have playgrounds that are off limits to families in the middle of the summer at some of our most popular parks, meanwhile, if the capital budget had passed in a timely manner we could likely focus on more needed improvements,” said Councilman Joseph Sangiovanni. Mayor Acropolis says he fully supports the replacement of the playground equipment; however, the inability of the council majority to act on the budget has forced a hasty response.

New Jersey Senate Primary Election August 13 On August 13th, a special primary election will be held to choose the candidates to run in the New Jersey Senate election on October 16th. The election is to fill the seat of former New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg who died on June 3rd. Currently, the seat is being held by Senator Jeffrey Chiesa. Chiesa was appointed by Governor Chris Christie. Republican candidates in-

clude Steve Lonegan and Alieta Eck. On the other side, Corey Booker, Rush Holt, Sheila Oliver and Frank Pallone are the Democrat candidates. Here are some important dates for this upcoming primary election: August 9 - Deadline for Application to Receive Primary Election Mail-In Ballots by Electronic Means for

Qualified Overseas Civilian and Military Voters August 12 – by 3:00 p.m.Deadline for In-Person Submission of Mail-In Ballot Applications for Primary Election August 13 - Special Primary Election Day August 13 – by 8:00 p.m. Deadline for Submission of Mail-In Ballots for Primary Election to County Boards of Election

Don’t Sit on the Bench During Election Season Let your voice be heard this year and share your opinions of candidates and the elections. The Ocean Signal welcomes letters to the editor and letters of support during the election cycle.

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A Grand Reopening at Farley’s Homemade Ice Cream in Jackson by Phil Stilton JACKSON-John Burnetsky and his family celebrated the official reopening of Farley’s Homemade Ice Cream on Saturday. The ice cream shop is a customer favor-

In last month’s annual State Ice Cream Festival, held in downtown Toms River, Two Sisters Ice Cream Stop in Beachwood won first place in the judge’s choice for their vanilla flavor and second place in the people’s choice for lemon creme. Over 3,200 tasting kits were purchased for voting this year and though they had won various awards in their past eight years running in the competition, this year was their first top prize win. Pictured here holding the awards are family members John Wilusz and Michele Shedlock. ERIK WEBER / OCEAN SIGNAL First and second place prizes in this year’s State Ice Cream Festival, held in downtown Toms River last month.

ite in Jackson, being the only non-franchised ice cream shop in the community. Customers were treated to buy one get one free ice cream all day long, plus face painting, giveaways and balloon animals by Macaroni “Anne” Cheese the clown. Burnetsky said he had a great turn out on the day and said although he was closed for many months prior to his grand reopening in May. Burnetsky

said despite being closed for more than a year after lease issues with his former landlord at the Stop & Shop plaza, customers have been coming back steadily to his new location at the Anilop Plaza on Brewers Bridge Road. Burnetsky makes his ice cream on premise. Jackson Township mayor Michael Reina was on hand to officially welcome Farley’s back to the business community.

Danny Aiello Visits the Waters Edge in Bayville

Destroyed by Sandy, Barnacle Bill’s Mini-Golf Reopens on 50th Anniversary

by Phil Stilton ORTLEY BEACH-When Hurricane Sandy came ashore last October, it struck the Ortley Beach section of the barrier island extremely hard. Like many other businesses and homeowners in the small beachfront community, Barnacle Bill’s arcade and mini golf was destroyed. The surging Atlantic Ocean flooded the arcade, ruining all of the game cabinets and severely damaged the outdoor mini-golf course, but on Wednesday, owner Bill Petruzel proudly reopened

his golf course. “It’s great to finally be open and to see people here already playing golf, it’s a nice sight,” Petruzel said shortly after announc-

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ing the reopening on the company’s Facebook page. “Facebook is an amazing thing, years ago it would take days to get the message out. Tonight, they’re already here.” The occasion was made more special, Petruzel said, it also marked the 50th anniversary of Barnacle Bill’s. The golf course has been completely rebuilt with new features and old alike. Petruzel managed to save the company’s trademark muffler man which was salvaged in 1967 from a Lakehurst gas station by his father.

Actor Danny Aiello was in Bayville to “Do the Right Thing” in July when he visited the newly reopened Waters Edge restaurant.

Watch the Next Ben Henderson Fight with Frankie Edgar HOWELL-Tony Rivoli, owner of Rivoli’s Grill and Chill here, and Rivoli’s Restaurant in Toms River has some unique opportunities on the menu for sports fans in August. First, on August 24th, watch the Giants play the Jets at Rivoli’s Grill and Chill in Howell with Super Bowl champion Rodney Hampton. Then on August 31, go ringside at Rivoli’s Grill and Chill with Frankie Edgar, Toms River’s own former lightweight UFC champion. Henderson defeated Edgar twice in 2012 and was the man who stripped Edgar of his title, but Frankie will be at Grill and Chill watching the fight. Rivoli’s Grill and Chill offers a mixed menu of Rivoli’s favorites with a complete bar appetizer menu and full bar selection. Send your business news briefs to


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