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August 23rd - September 5th , 2013 // VOL. 1 // ISSUE 9



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Pleasant Plains Home Damaged in Garage Fire by Phil Stilton TOMS RIVER-Toms River firefighters quickly knocked down a garage fire at a home on Rivers Edge Lane, off Jumping Brook Drive here today. The fire which began at around 10:30 am was reported to have been started inside a nearby garbage can on the side of the garage and quickly extended to the structure. Firefighters contained the fire to the garage portion of the home. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation and transported to Community Medical Center. The Pleasant Plains Fire

Department, Toms River Fire Companies 1 & 2, Silver Volunteer Fire Company and East Dover Fire Company responded along with the Toms River Police Department and the Toms River Office of Emergency Management. The Toms River Fire Department ruled the cause of the fire accidental. Hot ashes were placed in a garbage can outside of the home which sparked the fire. The Toms River Fire Department also advised residents to either soak hot ashes or cigarettes before discarding or to use metal containers to avoid fire.

Lavish Ritacco Seaside Park Home Under Contract


by Phil Stilton TOMS RIVER--The lavish five bedroom and 7 bath Seaside Park home of incarcerated former Toms River Superintendent Michael Ritacco may have a buyer. The home was de-listed on August 16th and currently under contract. It was initially put on the market in September of 2012 with an asking price of $2,225,000. In April that price was dropped to a more affordable $1,990,000. Property records show the annual tax on the home is $15,286.


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Dune Easment Hold Outs May Face Eminent Domain by Tracey Samuelson

Pat Suriani wants dunes built on the beach in front her home in Ortley Beach. The damage from Superstorm Sandy is an ever-present reminder of why they're needed. As she stands at the end of a street leading to the water, she counts eight houses that need to be demolished. "By the time they take down all the houses, only two will be standing," Suriani said. This past winter, Suriani and other members of the Surf Cottages Homeowners Association spent roughly $30,000 building their own temporary dunes. With the help of volunteers, members of the association piled sand on top of old Christmas trees, planted them with grass and lined the new dunes with protective fencing. "That was the only way we could protect ourselves," Suriani said. "The better the dunes, the less the damage," agreed Tom Kelaher, the mayor of Toms River, which includes Ortley Beach. "I don't think

anyone can deny that." The town wants this association—and all its beach front homeowners—to have dunes. The state of New Jersey wants the dunes to run the entire length of the shore. And there's money set aside from the federal government to fund construction of dunes by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Yet despite this widespread enthusiasm for dunes as a mechanism for protecting shore communities from future storms, the Army Corps is not yet working on new dunes in the wake of Sandy. (Crews are rebuilding some damage to existing dunes and beaches.) The Army Corps won't start construction until the town has the consent of all its oceanfront property owners, as the dunes need to be built on privately owned land. This has been a stumbling block in many shore communities, including Toms River, where homeowners along roughly 30 percent of the town's coastline haven't signed agreements (called easements) that would allow use of their land.

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The Surf Cottages Homeowners Association has not signed the easement. "We just want, we want to preserve what's ours," Suriani said, explaining her hesitation to sign. "People have been here 50, 60 years, maybe some of them more." All along the shore, these so-called "holdouts" have varying reasons for not offering their permission. Some homeowners don't want to give up use of their land or want to be compensated for it. Others feel burned by the handful of towns that have posted the names of holdouts online, like a public shaming. Recently, a grocery store in Surf City printed a list of their local holdouts on signs saying those homeowners aren't welcome to shop in the store until they sign. Many people think the holdouts' reluctance is all about making sure the dunes don't block water views. While that may be true of some owners, Suriani and her neighbors said that argument is an oversimplification, designed to make holdouts look selfish. In fact, many members of the association don't have

water views. They're mainly worried that the language of the easement might require them to open their private beach to the general public. Mayor Kelaher said those fears are unfounded. "That's all bogus," he said. "The easement we're looking for, you could call it a license, just to go on their property and build" the dunes. He said he's growing impatient with conversations about what the easements will or won't allow. "I don't like to sound like a tough guy, but they're either going to sign it or we're going to do eminent domain and that's all there is to it," he said. The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision late last month that will make using eminent domain to build these dunes much less expensive than it might have previously been. Before, the precedent for lost water views caused by the dunes for an oceanfront home was $375,000. The court threw out that decision, which made eminent domain a more attractive option for shore towns looking to move forward with dune construction. "We just couldn't take the chance that we could be hit with that type of award for every property that we needed the easements for," Kelaher said. Last week, Toms River began mailing out a final notice urging homeowners and associations to sign easements before the township begins the eminent domain process. © 2013 New Jersey News Works & WHYY and republished with permission. Please visit www.newsworks. org for more information.

SERVPRO of Toms River Donates $8,000 to East Dover Fire Co.

by Phil Stilton TOMS RIVER-When the East Dover Volunteer Fire Company began to rebuild their flooded firehouse after Hurricane Sandy, like many in the community, they turned to SERVPRO of Toms River, owned by brothers Michael and Patrick Reilly. The Reillys are lifelong residents of Toms River. Pat volunteers as the president of the Toms River Raiders AYF youth football program. When they got the call to perform mold and flood remediation services at the storm flooded firehouse, they quickly realized the volunteer Chief Rickey Tutela said the department was glad they chose SERVPRO prior to the donation, but when they received the $8,000 check from the Reillys, they were in shock. They served us well and rectified all of our problems and mitigated a lot of future problems,” Tutela said. “We had no idea that he was going to make such

a big donation, plus money out of his pocket, we were shocked.” Hurricane Sandy pushed up to four feet of water through the firehouse, but after gutting the structure and performing their remediation services, the station was able to quickly rebuild afterwards. The project cost was $38,000 and after payment was received from FEMA, Michael Reilly told the fire company they could keep the profits from the job, totaling $6,800. Reilly then donated an additional $1,200 personally. When the Casino Pier Arcade was flooded with six feet of water in their basement, they too, called SERVPRO of Toms River. The two brothers have been busy since Sandy, performing mold and flood work at many locations including schools, police departments and municipal offices around the county. Reilly said his own storm flooded home in Silverton had to wait until all of the others were done first.


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Normandy Beach Playground Dedicated to Sandy Hook Victim

Sisters Brittany (L) and Erin (R) watch as a park dedicated to their brother is opened in Brick. by Phil Stilton BRICK-The Sandy Ground Project completed the construction of a new playground in Normandy Beach this week in memory of Chase Kowalski, one of the 26 children and adults killed during the December 14th, 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. The Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play is a project which was

started by the New Jersey Fireman’s Benevolent Association. The group aims to build 26 playgrounds to honor the 20 children and 6 teachers who died. The parks will be built in Hurricane Sandy affected areas. Chase’s mother, Rebecca and father, Steven were both in attendance along with sisters Brittany and Erin to dedicate the park to their brother. They both gave other children in attendance 26 baby blue beach balls to commemorate those who were murdered that December day. The ribbon that surrounded the playground was a portion of the ribbon used to “open” the Jersey Shore by Governor Chris Christie in May. The Kowalski’s often spent time at Normandy Beach. The park is located on the Bayside of Route 35 in Brick, on 7th Avenue.

Volunteers from the Ocean Beach Fire Company worked with other area volunteers earlier last week to construct Chase’s Place in just three days. Photo: OBVFCo.

The Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund

“Chase was an amazing son, brother, and grandson whose heart was only filled with love for all the people he touched. He was a fun-loving, energetic boy who had a true love of life. He completed his first triathlon at the age of six and ran in many community road races. Chase had a deep love for the game of baseball and enjoyed practicing with his father and teammates. Joining the Cub Scouts was just one of his many interests.


He could often be found in the yard playing ball, riding his bike or quad. Chase’s love will continue to live on and touch many more lives through the work of the Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund. We will never let people forget Chase or any of the children or teachers that we lost in Sandy Hook. We will overcome this tragedy through acts of compassion, courage and love.” To donate, visit the website at: www.chasekowalskifund. com or use QR code below.

A speech by the Kowalksi family at the dedication: We are here today to not only to honor our son Chase Kowalski but also to help support the community of Normandy Beach. The Sandy Ground Project found a unique and special way to both remember Chase and to help restore the Normandy community through this Chase Kowalski playground project. Building this playground has been such a rewarding experience bringing together so many people to help … Many of us were strangers a few days ago, but now we are friends and part of a newly created family … filled with love and respect to honor the precious gifts of community, family and children. We thank you for providing this beautiful setting as one of the special places to remember Chase. We thank you for helping to build the playground as a reminder of how we should love our children and spend precious time with them celebrating life and having fun. We thank all of the firefighters, police, scouts, family and friends who gave of their time,their skills or their donations to help create this playground for our little superman Chase. We would also like to thank our Uncle Michael and Aunt Mary Lou for our first introduction to Normandy Beach and for all of their love and support. With out them, this project and beautiful location would not have been possible. To the community of Normandy Beach: We have many, many fond memories of our time here with Chase and we would like you to know that Chase absolutely loved playing at the beaches here in Normandy. Please know you will always have our angel Chase here as a part of your community at the Chase Kowalski Playground. Please spend time here to remember Chase … to enjoy time with your family, your children and your friends … We hope that this playground serves as a reminder of what happened in Sandy Hook not for the tragedy itself … instead we hope that you will be inspired and reminded to do what you can with your children, your family and your community to help ensure we triumph over tragedy.

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Sea Wall to be Built Along Mantoloking, Brick Beaches

by Justin Auciello

Jersey Shore Hurricane News

TRENTON-Plans are in the works to construct a steel seawall that will protect Mantoloking and Brick, two areas significantly impacted by Superstorm Sandy’s tidal surge. Both municipalities have received federal and state approval to construct the wall, which will run along the beach, laying the foundation for a makeshift dune system, the Associated Press reports. The federal government will cover 80 percent of the $40 million seawall, which will be driven 32-feet below the ground, serving as an anchor, and rise 16-feet above the beach, with sand hiding the entire wall, the report states. The towns will be responsible for keeping the wall covered with sand. But the wall alone is not a panacea. It will serve as a component of a comprehensive solution. The report notes that as a “short-term protective measure,” it will be supplemented with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach widening and dune construction projects. Just north of Mantoloking, portions of Bay Head suffered serious flooding and property damage due to Superstorm Sandy, but the small borough fared much better. Bay Head was protected by a stacked boulder seawall, built in 1882 and hidden from view, which residents say mitigated property damage. The reappearance of the rocky seawall following Superstorm Sandy

Heavy machinery reinforcing and extending a rock seawall in Bay Head on March 14, 2013. (Photo: Pete Paris via Jersey Shore Hurricane News) surprised many residents, according to a release from the National Science Foundation, which announced a recently issued study that it sponsored on the wall’s impact. “It’s amazing that a seawall built nearly 150 years ago, then naturally hidden under beach sands and forgotten, would have a major effect under the conditions in which it was originally designed to perform,” H. Richard Lane, program director in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Earth Sciences, said in the release. In the October 2013 edition of Coastal Engineering, a team of researchers write about the stark damage differences between both municipalities. From the Coastal Engineering report: In Mantoloking, an entire dune nearly vanished. Water washed over a barrier spit and opened three breaches of 541 feet, 194 feet and 115 feet, respectively, where the land was swept away. In Bay Head, only the portion of the dune located seaward of the seawall was eroded. The section of dune behind the seawall received only minor local scouring. To put it in perspective, one oceanfront home was destroyed in Bay Head, while more than half of the Mantoloking oceanfront homes “were classified as damaged or destroyed,” according to the report.

Virgina Tech geoscientist Jennifer Irish, co-author of the report, said that the Bay Head success story is “a clear, unintentional example of the need for multiple levels of defense that include hard structures and beach nourishment to protect coastal communities.” But a March announcement that Bay Head residents would assume the $2.2 million construction costs to extend the wall did not come without controversy. Some feared that the seawall would funnel water into nearby areas, while one commenter on Jersey Shore Hurricane News wrote that Mantoloking should consider the same measure. “It’s ridiculous for anyone to be against a town taking preventative steps to safeguard themselves,” commented Karen Noodle Nelson Mangold in March. Months later, a Mantoloking official is eager to see construction of the steel seawall commence. “Wouldn’t it be great to drive the metal in by the first anniversary of this storm?” asked Mantoloking spokesman Chris Nelson, as reported by the Associated Press. “It might take a little more time, but it will happen.” © 2013 New Jersey News Works & WHYY and republished with permission. Please visit www.newsworks. org for more information.

State to Pay Brick $375,000 to Replace Trees Along GSP by Edward Maroney BRICK-Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis is pleased to announce that the Township of Brick has been approved for a grant in the amount of $675,000 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry 2013 Grant Program. The grant, also known as the “No Net Loss” grant, was awarded to the Township to develop a planting plan for the planting of trees on public lands. The Township has used past “No Net Loss” funding to pay for plantings of trees at a number of public parks

over the past five years. “This grant will be used to make Brick Township a greener community,” said Mayor Acropolis. “The best part of it is that it will come at no cost to our taxpayers.” The State of New Jersey provides this funding to offset the loss of vegetation due to State construction projects. The most recent funding has been provided from the loss of mature trees along the Garden State Parkway due to the expansion project. “We plan on using some of this grant to plant trees in the Evergreen Woods development that has been

impacted by the Parkway construction project,” said Mayor Acropolis. “We have heard from residents of that community about how their quality of life has been impacted by the project, particularly due to increased sound from the loss of trees. We intend on planting trees to restore a natural sound barrier for those citizens.” The Township must plant 2,250 trees or $675,000/$300 per tree. The minimum of $300 per tree can include the cost of developing the plan, planting materials, irrigation, and labor.

Jersey Shore Youth Football Kicks Off in Brick BRICK- On the weekend of August 17-18, the Brick Mustangs football team hosted youth football teams from across the Jersey Shore at the annual Mighty Mite Fun Day held at Veterans Memorial Middle School. Pictured at members of the Brick Mustangs’ Board of Directors. See full story in sports. Read the Ocean Signal online:


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Sammy the Cocker Spaniel Finds New Home; Former Owners Plead Guilty to Cruelty Charges

by Christine Quigley BRICK-Samauri “Sammy” the Cocker Spaniel has a new home and loving family. In March, a couple found Sammy in a plastic bag on the side of a road. Sammy was covered in feces, couldn’t walk, his hair was matted with sores over his body. At the time, Chief “Buddy” Amato of the Monmouth County SPCA did not expect Sammy to survive. He recovered at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital where he has received extensive rehabilitation treatment during the past five months. Meanwhile former owners, Keith and Shauna Morgan admitted to charges of animal cruelty at an August 19th court hearing and could be sentenced to up to six months in jail when sentenced. When asked by Municipal Court Judge Robert LePore about the charges, Keith Morgan “Did you commit an act of animal cruelty by failing to provide proper grooming and veterinary care in violation of state statute?” Judge LePore asked Morgan. “Yes Sir,” he replied. “Did you give a false report to law enforcement officials?” the Judge asked.

“Yes Sir,” he answered again. Lepore then asked Mrs. Morgan if she committed the crimes she was charged with, including leaving Sammy in a bag to sit in his own urine and feces, causing burns to his skin. “Yes sir,” she replied. Chief Amato said the victory is what he and his agency wanted. They won custody of the dog and the Morgans were found guilty. While under the care of the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, Buddy received treatment and the hospital posted frequent updates about his condition. He eventually began to eat on his own again and walking, regaining his strength.

Sammy the Cocker Spaniel arrives at his new home. Photo courtesy of Sammy the Cocker Spaniel, Facebook page.

Sammy, after he arrived at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. Photo courtesy RBVH.

Sandy Ground Project: The Story Behind the Playground by Dave O’Hearn BRICK-Several hundred firefighters, volunteers and local residents were on hand last Wednesday for the dedication of a new community playground in Normandy Beach to Chase Kowalski. The playground, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last fall, was rebuilt by “The Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play,” an organization created and sponsored by the New Jersey Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association. The Normandy Beach playground, the eighth built by the Project so far, is one of 26 that will be built in the TriState area in communities recovering from the Superstorm. Each of the proj-


ects will be named in honor of one of the 26 students and teachers killed, and reflect that person’s individuality. Chase was a funloving, energetic boy that had a true love of life. He competed in local running races, and won a Triathlon after teaching himself to swim. He enjoyed playing baseball, proud of his number eight jersey, and the fact he was the only player on the Newtown Yankees who could make the throw from third to first base. His playground features fitness and exercise stations to reflect his athleticism, and has red and blue panels Chase’s favorite colors. Construction of the new facility, including a memorial flagpole, took only two days thanks to the more than 50 firefighters and

volunteers who turned out to help. The equipment, manufactured in the USA by Playland Inc. of Carrollton, Georgia, is made from a minimum of 30% recycled material and is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Giordano Construction of Kenilworth, which specializes in recreational projects, provided the equipment and technical expertise for all of the playgrounds built so far. FMBA President Bill Lavin, organizer of the Sandy Ground Project, got the idea to build the playgrounds after seeing a video of a girl from Mississippi who organized a toy drive for children here affected by Hurricane Sandy. New Jersey firefighters had traveled to the state in the af-

termath of the Hurricane Katrina and rebuilt three playgrounds there, including one that Karli Coyne played on. “Dear New Jersey firemen, thank you so very much for building the same playground I played on for three years,” Coyne said. “I know you did a lot to help us during Hurricane Katrina, and now we’re helping you. We’re sending gifts to you because you sent us a bigger gift. I’m not talking about the playground I’m talking about the gift of you caring so much about us.” For more information or to learn how to donate to the Project, please visit

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Backpacks and Bicycle Safety: South Toms River Helps Prepare Kids for New School Year by Erik Weber SOUTH TOMS RIVER Continuing one tradition and starting a new one, the borough municipal alliance and Optimist Club held back-to-back events last Saturday, August 17th at the recreation building on Drake Lane to help South Toms River and Manitou Park schoolchildren get ready for their coming fall classes. Starting at 10 am, volunteers from the municipal alliance and several other organizations - including the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, Barnabas Heathcare DART Coalition, Manitou Park Fire Company and South Toms River Volunteer Fire Aid Squad, among others gathered in the main hall of the rec building for refreshments, the annual school supplies giveaway and learning opportunities to get involved in their community. In the early afternoon, the recently paved park-


ing lot around the facility was set up with courses featuring cones, chalk lanes and barrier tape to kick off the South Toms River Optimist Club’s first annual bike rodeo, which included professional bike equipment and tire pressure checks, hand signal training, helmet checks and the challenge courses themselves. Approximately two dozen children participated in the event, and prizes included a new bicycle awarded to the top achieving challenge course rider. More information about the South Toms River Optimist Club, which accepts members from within and beyond the borders of South Toms River and holds events and programs to benefit youths throughout the region between Brick and Stafford townships, can be found at Interested parties may also call Bill Gleason at (732) 341-5325.

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Council Recap

The following are news and items from the mid-summer meeting of the mayor and council. by Erik Weber

Length of Service Award Program Approved for Ballot

The governing body unanimously approved an ordinance on second reading introducing a length of service award program in conjunction with Pine Beach for the Beachwood First Aid Squad that sets aside an annual stipend for distribution among qualifying members. A resolution was also approved unanimously allowing a ballot question to be placed in this year’s election for the public to decide whether to allow the program to go for-

ward. Councilman Gerald W. “Jerry” LaCrosse referred to some difficulty between the two boroughs regarding the wording of the ballot question and provision that should the first aid squad cease to operate, Pine Beach Borough would no longer be held responsible for funding the program. “Was anything new added to this?” he asked. Borough Attorney William T. Heiring, Jr. stated that Pine Beach had adjusted the wording to reflect the requested provision after Beachwood had adopted the ordinance, and so the borough had to adopt an amendment to make sure the wording matched. “So now we have no excuses and there’s nothing left,” said Mr. LaCrosse. Councilwoman Beverly Clayton thanked Clerk Bette Mastropasqua for working diligently over

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 includes 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 Friday, 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.

the course of the past several years with the first aid squad to help make the program a potential reality that could now go out for a public vote to residents in Beachwood and Pine Beach this November.

Code Enforcer and Public Works Thanked

In a letter addressed to the governing body, Beachwood Boulevard residents Richard and Mary Jane Somosky thanked the work of Code Enforcement Officer Bill Knapp and the public works department for responding quickly following the overgrowth and refuse left behind by former neighbors who had abandoned their home several months earlier. “We have been living next to a deteriorating mess and with the methods available to him, Mr. Knapp tried his best to contact the owners but

the property was looking horrible,” they wrote, adding that he then had several workers clean the property up. “We very much appreciate the work of Mr. Knapp and the public works department.

Former Mayor Verga Thanks Clerk for Service

Elm Street resident and former mayor, Bonnie Verga, approached the governing body and congratulated Mrs. Mastropasqua on her upcoming retirement and recalled serving as a council member in 1980-81 when the governing body first appointed her to the role. “It was great working with you,” she said. “All the mayors you worked with and they worked for you, I know - anything who needed to know anything, it’s all Bette. She’s the one who knows everything.” “I hope you and Vito have a wonderful life - enjoy yourself, go to Florida, go wherever you

Upcoming Events Friday Activity at Int. South Just a Drill

The Beachwood Volunteer Fire Company will be conducting training exercises at Toms River Intermediate South on Friday night, August 23rd and the public should not be alarmed by the presence of var-

ious apparatus and members at that time.

Municipal Alliance Dance

The Beachwood Municipal Alliance will hold its first dance of the school year on Friday, September 13th from 7 to 10 pm at the Beachwood Community Center with doors open-

want to go,” Mayor Verga added. “It’s been great working with you and great knowing you.”

Other actions by the governing body included:

• approving a reduction in the price of contract with Compass Construction for marina and beach dock work of $5,079.50 • approving an increase in the price of the contract for work ongoing at the community center of $12,618.30 • swearing in Sarah McNabb to a volunteer position of the Beachwood Environmental Shade Tree Committee • approving the certified bills list for the combined amount of 3,027,518.09 • approving the rental of Mayo Park including a waiver on deposit and rental fee to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for September 22nd • approving the refund of two boat slip rentals to residents who had requested refunds prior to the July 1st cutoff due to ing at 6:30 pm for the sale of entrance bracelets, which are available on a first come, first serve basis to 5th, 6th and 7th graders. Parents must pick up at the end of the dance at 10 pm. For more information, call (732) 286-6000.

9/11 Memorial Ceremony

The borough will join the

their inability to utilize them as a result of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last October • approving a refund of $149.85 to a Spray Avenue resident who was overcharged for water service from a malfunctioning meter • approving an increase of $15,785 to the contractor for the Barnegat Boulevard water main replacement project due to an unexpected problem that resulted in an increase of police traffic directors while the project was ongoing • approved the introduction on first reading an ordinance allowing the borough to appropriate $893,000 of which $850,000 would be financed by bonds or notes for the purchase of an emergency generator and related equipment for public works, specialized emergency pagers for the first aid squad, a thermal imaging camera for the fire company and various road and drainage improvements. Beachwood Volunteer Fire Company on Wednesday, September 11th for a special memorial service at 7 pm at the firehouse on Beachwood Boulevard at Maple Avenue that will include an unveiling of artifacts from the north tower of the World Trade Center and the announcement of plans to display them.

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) 2442681 or Registration and medical clearance form are required.

A look at how the beachfront has changed in 80 years. Top photo courtesy Beachwood Borough and scanned by the Copy Center on Water Street, Toms River. Top photo credit: Rell Clements. Lower photo credit: Erik Weber (c) 2013. Taken July 16th, 2013. Prior to being constructed first as a resort and later incorporated as a borough, Beachwood Beach was known as Spiles Point and many locals from Toms River swam there.


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Summer Fun Nights

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 includes 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 Friday, 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.

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.

Mayor Ron Roma captured these images of the Beachwood Volunteer Fire Company demonstrating a vehicle extraction at a Beachwood Municipal Alliance Summer Fun Night at Birch and Surf Park last month.

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SEASIDE PARK Seaside Park PBA #182 Annual Neighborhood Watch Appreciation Party


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Gialanella Begins Interim Position Jackson High as Toms River School Superintendent School Students Fine growth and changes in Jackson over the past 11 years, Tune Business Skills over Summer especially with the opening

Former Jackson Super Takes Over in Toms River by Christa Riddle TOMS RIVER-This September, Thomas Gianlanella will again welcome the first day of school as superintendent, as he has done for the past 11 years; however, this fall, he will stand at the helm of a new district as interim superintendent of the Toms River Regional Schools, replacing outgoing superintendent Frank Roselli who retired June 30th. After retiring from the Jackson School District as of June 30th, Gianlanella was appointed by the Toms River Board of Education as interim superintendent with a fivemonth contract, where he will serve until a permanent superintendent is hired. “This was an unexpected change of positions. I was set to retire from Jackson,” commented Gianlanella. “The [Toms River] board is looking for a new perspective, for an outsider to come in and make suggestions with an outsider’s eye. I am looking to see what Toms River has done in the past and marry it with what I’m used to doing in Jackson. There is no one correct way of getting things done. I’m already impressed with what they’ve been doing here.” Gianlanella recognizes technology as an imperative element of education and student learning today. In Jackson, Gianlanella and his staff of educators aimed to make students comfortable with using technology as a vital part of learning while stressing the importance of students properly using technology. Jack-

son’s district-wide technology initiative, a comprehensive plan spanning the past several years, has focused on providing all district students with a competitive, state-of-the-art learning environment in order to foster academic and future success. New computers, projectors, teacher tablets, and upgraded networks and wireless services are some of the accomplishments of the technology initiative. When asked about the difference in Jackson’s graduating classes from 2002 when he assumed the position of superintendent in Jackson to 2013 when he retired from the Jackson district, Gianlanella shared, “Kids are kids, so there wasn’t a whole lot of change in the students over the years, but expectations change. Now, there is a lot more in the way of technology and new testing mandates, so the way we teach has changed. Really, students react to what we do as teachers. It was a good district when I came, and it is good now. I am always impressed every year at graduation with the product the [Jackson] community puts forth with its graduating students.” Gianlanella also expressed great satisfaction with the district’s high school ROTC program— an instructor-driven success— as well as the high school television program with Cablevision. Considering the changes during his 11 years as Jackson School District’s superintendent, Gianlanella spoke of the substantial growth in student numbers and the opening of new schools, including Crawford-Rodriguez and Elms elementary schools and Jackson Liberty High School, as a result of the population and development growth in the Jackson community. Gianlanella said, “During the

of a second high school, we worked hard to preserve the culture and tradition of being one town with one school district.” In Jackson, Lu Anne Meinders has taken over as the district’s new superintendent. Meinders worked alongside Gianlanella for 11 years, and he is confident in her knowledge of the district and ability to lead her students and staff. “In Jackson, it has always been a team approach, and [Meinders] will infuse her strengths and personality into what we have been working on all along. She knows where the district has to go with initiatives such as full-day kindergarten and technology, and she is very much into technology herself,” noted Gianlanella. For the permanent superintendent’s position of Toms River Regional Schools, Gianlanella recognizes the pros and cons of hiring within the district versus hiring an outsider, which will come down to a board decision. In the meantime, Gianlanella has his own intentions. “We need to address how we can help teachers properly do their job, and I know technology is one of the tools teachers need to teach properly,” said Gianlanella. “Successful teachers, curriculum instruction, and student achievement are my focus, and we will need to re-direct certain areas to meet today’s expectations of the new PARCC testing mandates and new common core standards.” Before serving as superintendent of the Jackson School District, Gianlanella, a Brick resident, worked for the Brick Township Public Schools as an assistant superintendent, director of guidance, guidance counselor, assistant principal, and social studies teacher. Gianlanella has also taught as an adjunct professor at Kean University and Brookdale Community College. When asked where he may head after his months with the Toms River school district, Gianlanella shared, “I’m not ready to do nothing, but it would be nice to do something a few days a week rather than five days a week; maybe a job with a university.”

by Allison Erwin

JACKSON - While many teenagers were enjoying the lazy days of summer, a group of Jackson high school students decided their time was better spent fine-tuning their workplace readiness during a four-day “LearnDoEarn Business Simulation Boot Camp’’ training “The students worked on skills necessary for success in a competitive college and job market,’’ said Laurie Shupin, who is a teacher at Jackson Liberty and accompanied the students to the program. “It was a great week and I was so proud to watch the students mature and bond in the short time they were together.’’ Students from Jackson Memorial and Jackson Liberty high schools attended the event, entitled "The LearnDoEarn, Business Simulation Boot Camp’’ for four days this summer. The program is presented by the NJ Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Partnership with the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the local Workforce Investment Board, and the NJ Department of Education. “We got a chance to work as a team to come up with an idea and figure out how to present it to the judges,’’

Back Row: Ben Grossman, Dean Potenza, Justin Farrell, Phillip Merriweather II, Jason Wojcik, Anthony Maiorino, Bret Francis. Middle Row: Valeri Weinstein, Amanda Dickey, Frankie D’Astoli, Tyler Chamra. Front Row: Bria Robinson, Lindsey O’Brien, Taryn Smith, Gabrielle Wilson. (Not Pictured: Madeleine Spitz) said Frank D’Astoli, who will be a junior this year at Jackson Memorial High School. “It was a great exercise in teamwork and creativity.’’ The Jackson students’ idea was to create a baseball with a small light on it that changes color when a user presses a remote control. The batter would need to identify what random color was showing, as he or she was also concentrating on getting a good hit. “It would work to train your eye, which would make you a better baseball player,’’ he said. “We actually won with that idea. The panel of judges liked it and liked how we worked together to present it.’’

In addition to the competition, the students also worked on keys to success in business and in life like finance skills and budgeting lessons, D’Astoli said. “We also learned how to interview and how to present ourselves in the best way to get the best result for ourselves,’’ he said. “It’s not just the interview, but also what to wear, how to be, even how to shake someone’s hand. It was a lot of things.’’ Was it worth taking four days off from the beach or pool? “Yes, definitely,’’ D’Astoli said. “It was really, really valuable.’’ Shupin said she was incredibly proud of all the students.

The Ocean Signal | August 23rd - September 5th, 2013

Toms River Indian: A Racist Mascot?

by Frank Cipriani A recent article in the New York Times focused on renaming the Washington Redskins because, let’s face it. It’s a racist name, and is it really okay to accept racism in the name of tradition? What sets us apart as Americans is our adaptability. We change with the times and hopefully try to redress the historical wrongs perpetrated against innocent people at different times in our history. For example, our rejection of Jim Crow in the 1960s, our moving toward equality for women in the 1970s and the fact that we are beginning to embrace the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, as evidenced by the recent Supreme Court decision. Whether or not we admit it, we are still a society that profiles, both racially and culturally. The recent rash of anti-Islamic sentiment is just one such example, with bile and bias fueled by the very white middle class men and women of talk radio. Someday, hopefully, the detaining of prisoners without benefit of trial or even charges at Guantanamo Bay may cause shudders of shame the way our treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II do now. Perhaps the willingness of the last two administrations to spy on its people will be seen in much the same way as we now see the McCarthy era. We have to be adaptable. We do love our traditions, but truly, our greatest tradition is to right our wrongs. And that’s the point of this article. Having said that, let me get to the main question of this article: Is the Indian motif at Toms River High School South racist? One could argue that it is not so Southsational or even Indianiffic for Native American observers of Toms River South Football games to watch high schoolers perform what amounts to the Native American equivalent of a minstrel show after each touchdown. Admittedly, when I attended football games from 2007-2011, I rarely witnessed these displays. The team was nice enough to refrain from scoring touchdowns which would lead to these ques-


tionable traditions. But hopefully, now that better days are coming for South and celebratory displays will once again be the order of the day, is it time to re-examine the school mascot? I put the question to some high school aged kids and their answers and insights were fascinating. It seems that some of these youngsters had actually thought about this. One suggested that as long as the stereotypes weren’t negative, then the parallel between whites portraying blacks in minstrel shows and whites portraying Indians at a football game was not valid. One can see how South has dealt with the issue in recent years. The football helmet logo is a spear, and the student ID sports a stylized maroon feather. As far as I know, the hockey and baseball team still feature Indian heads. So while this may seem terribly racist to an outsider - and nit-picking to a traditionalist insider - I think the Indians have a simple way to beat the racial stereotype. See, the original “Old Indian Tom” was white and Anglo. Thomas Luker (for whom Toms River is purportedly

named) was born in 1660 in England. From any internet research I could find out about him, a family poem claims that Tom was a ferryman and that the Native Lenape called him “Tom River.” I tried to find a word like “river” that sounded like Luker, but was unsuccessful. The family poem states that Tom was called “puma” so often that he thought it was his name and claimed that “puma” means “white friend,” but my research shows that the closest word to “puma” is “punkwes,” which means “mosquito” and “punikwi,” which means “leave me alone!” which Tom may

have translated as “friend” but in a modern, Facebook-y way. I have many “punkwes” friends on Facebook. Many of them are white, just like Tom, and God, I wish they would punikwi! Tom married a Native name Unami Ann Princess (the name Unami is the language of the Lenape, Ann is a Christian name, and Princess was an honorific recognizing her First Nation father as a man of importance, so “Ann’s” actual name has been lost. However, it seems that Tom and Ann had the blessing of Ann’s father. He “went native” and lived peacefully among the natives, taking on many of the dress habits and customs of the natives. If this was the case, then Tom might have worn turkey feathers and buckskin and might have even painted his face. To add to the authenticity of its mascot, my best guess is that it should be a blond dude with a wampum headband and turkey feathers in buckskin. In other words, many of the Indians who have represented South over the years may have actually looked like Old Indian Tom. Then there’s the canvas tipi (commonly spelled

in New Jersey chooses to use the name of their “relatives” in Florida, most Seminole people would consider it an honor, and hope that the actions and intentions of the school contribute to the good reputation associated with the name “Seminole.” Not that offensive symbols are absent from the Toms River landscape. I have met many Native Americans who find the name “Indian Head Road” extremely offensive. I also happen to find it confusing. You know the place, it’s that place that spawns gas stations, just before you turn to get to the Home Depot. In a 1.8 mile stretch, and the road changes names, what, like four times? Toms River Road becomes Ridgeway Road, becomes Indian Head Road, becomes Bey Lea Road. Amelia (my GPS) is constantly grumbling “recalculating...” every time I go that way. Sometimes I drive that way just to punish her for what she does to me when I drive in the city. Bottom line? Keep the “Indian Tom” logo, and make him look a little historically accurate - in other words, like a white man who dresses in Native American garb. Meanwhile, make Toms River scrap the

teepee). See, Old Indian Tom would have never even seen a tipi, especially a canvas or buckskin one. Cone shaped houses were favored by Native Americans far to the north (the cone shape prevented snow from caving in the tree bark roofs, but were unnecessary this far south). To prevent a charge of racism, the proper shape of the tipi at South football games should be curved. One other point I want to make: When the intermediate schools were created and, ridiculously, the sixth grades were moved to these schools - much to the detriment of these students WHO BELONG IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!!! (but that’s something for another column) - Intermediate School South decided to take on the Seminole as the mascot. My daughter, who was in sixth grade at the time, called the Seminole Nation in Florida to ask if the naming would offend them. I still remember the beautiful answer she was given by the secretary of the Seminole Nation: the traditional belief of the Seminole people is that as human beings, as living things, we are all related. We cannot own a name, like Seminole, any more than we can own the land or sky. If a middle school

name “Indian Head Road.” I know that would make many of my friends in the Native American community very happy. In the meantime, I think despite the homogenization of the curriculum and core standards, we owe it to our students to teach the local history. Students need to know why the name of their school doesn’t actually have racist roots. How Southsational is that?

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Continued from B1: The goal, according to the program, is to create an “engaging educational experience combined a series of instructional and motivational workshops with the excitement of competition, so students will gain a more complete understanding of the business world, and their potential role in it.’’ Shupin, who teaches business education at Liberty, said the week was a very valuable experience for the students. “Their attitudes and maturity levels transformed during the four days and they became young adults, ready to enter the work world,’’ she said. “They learned accountability and how their decisions now can affect them years from now.’’ “I am proud that our students were part of this experience,’’ Shupin said. “In fact, these kids brought to pride to all of Jackson by their maturity and professionalism.’’

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Abandoned Academy Docks to Make Way for Future Vista Park Improvements by Erik Weber PINE BEACH - Nearly 20 years after Admiral Farragut Academy’s original northern campus here closed, residents may expect some progress on the redevelopment of its attractive beachfront span and abandoned docks. Currently the dock area includes one main pier with two finger piers plus a secondary finger pier farther east, all of which have been completely decimated by weather and time in the years since the academy closed. Last year they were the focus of a community volunteer project to remove most decking and stringers still attached to the pilings as a way to eliminate a potential insurance liability should anybody have attempted to walk onto them, despite their being closed to the public by a locked chain-link fence and posted ‘No Trespassing’ signage. Borough engineer and resident Jack Mallon, of Ernst, Ernst and Lissenden in Toms River, presented updated plans for that section of the riverfront, now called Vista Park, to the governing body at their mid-July meeting. Upon the removal of the pilings still outlining where the old docks were, a new handicap-accessible t-dock extending 107 feet will be installed, being 14 feet wide along the main span and ending at the 64-foot by 24-foot terminus platform of similar fashion to the other two t-docks at Henley and New Jersey avenues. Vinyl bulkheading will be installed where currently a rotting wooden bulkhead exists and a new chain link fence will replace the old. Composite decking, which is also used in the borough riverwalk boardwalk, would be used on the dock. “That’s no maintenance and no splinters, but it does get hot if you walk on it with bare feet,” Mr. Mallon warned. A gazebo on the new dock, gravel parking area and water supply improvements are also expected as part of the plan, which Mr. Mallon stated would all be offered as part of a package with other borough riverfront improvements, including the restoration of the eastern bulkheading along River Avenue and reconstruction of the Henley Avenue dock, both critically damaged during Hurricane Sandy last October and both of which the borough is seeking federal funding for. The engineer added that by packaging them together, “we might get a great deal with one contractor.” He did not yet have an estimated amount for the cost of the new Vista Park improvements. Plans for the redevelopment of this section of the riverfront and Vista Park as a whole began in the 1990s with the late Mel Winge, an active volunteer and member of the land use board who worked toward converting the abandoned and undeveloped sections into the public park and recreation areas seen

today. Former Mayor Chris Boyle, speaking for an article at the time of Mr. Winge’s death in 2010, stated that his work in a new direction for the riverfront area in the latter part of the last decade resulted in the source for the design being improved and advanced by the borough council.

In other news of the borough council:

• Mr. Mallon reported that the contractor hired for the walkway shelter leading to the police station mistakenly used galvanized nails instead of stainless steel while installing the roof, apparently because the supplier delivered the wrong kind. He initially offered the borough a $350 credit on the project to make up for the error, but when Mr. Mallon replied that he should then rip off and reinstall the roof, the credit amount rose to $1,200. The borough later approved a credit in the amount of $1,500, and Mr. Mallon said the galvanized nails would put the roof’s lifespan in the range of the main borough hall roof, and when both are due to be replaced in around 20 years, they could likely get a good deal to have both done simultaneously anyway. • Mayor Lawrence Cuneo noted the abundance of people who came out to watch the July 4th parade, and stated that the ice cream sandwiches donated this year were very popular with crowds at the field afterward. • the mayor asked for borough residents to pause to remember several neighbors who had recently passed on, including Henley Avenue resident Constance Lonzson, who was borough clerk in the mid-1970s, Shaun Campbell and a remembrance for the Ryan family. • Police Chief John M. Sgro reported that for the month of June his department had responded to 230 calls for service and that “the department continues in our traffic enforcement efforts in an attempt to curb speeding and other violations throughout the town. We are also continuing our participation with the New Jersey DMV in conducting random vehicle inspection checkpoints, the latest of which was conducted on June 17th. In late June, Chief Sgro attended an annual training conference for the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police in Atlantic City, learning about new technology and “other items available for law enforcement to assist us in the ever-changing world of law enforcement,” including training hosted by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “The session offered great insight into the proper way to investigate a report of a missing child, which is crucial, particularly if abduction is suspected,” he reported. • a public hearing and final adoption of an ordinance to introduce the Length of Service Award Program in conjunction with Beachwood for the Beachwood First Aid Squad

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was unanimously approved, as was a resolution allowing a special ballot question for residents to approve or deny the approval of such a program, which included a provision that if the squad were to cease functioning, the borough would no longer be responsible for funding the program for any past members. • a public hearing and final adoption of a fire alarm reduction program ordinance was unanimously approved, thus creating a penalty system for private properties with alarm systems in the borough whose systems trigger multiple false alarms over a certain period and thus put the lives and equipment of various emergency service agencies plus members of the public at risk needlessly. According to the ordinance, fines established for multiple alarms within a calendar year period included no fine or summons for the first or second offense; $100 fine each for the third through fifth offenses; $150 fine for the sixth and seventh offenses; $200 fine each for the eighth and ninth offenses; and $250 fine each for ten and more offenses. Council President Richard “Ritty” Polhemus had stated multiple times while discussing and introducing this ordinance that the fine system was introduced primarily as an impetus for property owners to repair their systems, and not particularly to incur multiple fines that would be paid to the borough. Pine Beach Volunteer Fire Company Chief Robert Wenteler asked whether the ordinance also covered Pine Beach Elementary School, which he said annually triggered multiple false alarms in the late weeks of summer when janitors begin going in and out of the facility to clean and prepare for the new school year, and that since it was a school facility, a single alarm would call multiple emergency response agencies due to the potential threat that children can be present for various potential summer and school-year programs. “I don’t think we have anything limiting it,” said Mayor Cuneo. “They still have to abide by the same rules because they’re in the municipality,” agreed Mr. Polhemus. “We can always try sending them the bill,” quipped the mayor, eliciting laughter from those present. Chief Wenteler stated that the school could “put the alarm system in test mode so it doesn’t go out” during those periods when children are not present and multiple employees may be going in and out of the school in the summer but that “every year I tell them the same thing” and they constantly get ignored and later dispatched for false alarms. Mayor Cuneo asked Councilman Robert Budesa to reach out to the school system and work on a solution while also alerting them about the new ordinance.


The Ocean Signal | August 23rd - September 5th, 2013



A Message in A Bottle: Found 50 Years Later in Rubble Left by Sandy Ocean Beach Fire Department Holds Annual Dollar Dog Day by Dave O’Hearn

by Phil Stilton SEASIDE HEIGHTS-On Saturday, August 16, 1963, then 12 year old Dennis Komsa, of Paterson put a nickel and a note inside a mason jar and threw it into the Atlantic Ocean here. Fifty years later, that same bottle was found by a homeowner in Seaside Heights who was clearing out a storm damaged home. Mr. Komsa said he threw the bottle into the ocean from the beach near Heiring Avenue. It was found just one block south at the Sampson avenue home of Sharon Roher. It was discovered by Norman Stanton, Roher’s brother as he was helping his sister clean up after Hurricane Sandy. Stanton said he found it in his sister’sliving room. Komsa described it as scientific experiment and added, “I’m sure we can let our imagination run wild about the travel the bottle may have made around the world in 50 years, but in reality, it probably just washed up back onto the beach, only to be found after being uncovered by


Hurricane Sandy in October.” On Saturday, August 17th, the Seaside Heights Property Owners Association hosted a luncheon on the top deck of the Beachcomber Bar & Grill. It was attended by members of the association including members of the Seaside Heights Borough Council. Borough Councilwoman Arlene Otto said, “It’s such an amazing story.” At the luncheon, Arthur Fierro, president of the association and Mrs. Roher presented Komsa with the that same bottle back to Mr. Komsa with the fully intact note and nickel. While the lid of the Ball mason jar showed signs of rust and there were minor scratches on the glass, the jar stood the test of time and survived with a perfectly dry letter inside. It’s a good thing Mr. Komsa’s bottle was found nearby because he only left a five cents for the return postage for the note. “It’s nice, it’s been fifty years to the day since I threw that bottle into the ocean

and I had honestly forgotten about it.” Komsa said. When he got the call, he said he didn’t remember throwing the bottle in the ocean at first. “I was pretty shocked, it’s not the kind of thing that happens every day, I knew it was something we would have done,” Komsa said. “But, it’s not like we came to the shore every year and we threw a bottle in. When they told me where it was found, then I realized it was the one.” Komsa said he was initially was told the bottle was destroyed after the note and nickel were taken out, but added, “I think they just didn’t know where it went while they were cleaning up.” Komsa said he contacted the Guiness Book of World Records, but was told the record for the oldest message in a bottle is currently 97 years, found in England in 2012, set out by Captain Brown in 1914. “They don’t have a class for messages sent and received by the same person, but this would probably be it,” he added.

OCEAN BEACH-Plans Upcoming Pancake Breakfast Members of the Ocean Beach Fire Department held their Seventh Annual Dollar Dog Day last weekend outside Lasola’s Market in Normandy Beach, offering barrier island residents and workers an opportunity to grab a dog while making a donation to support the firefighters. The Dog Day fundraiser, which actually runs all weekend, is one of the fundraising events held by the OBFD o support its operations. Each year the department answers about 300 calls for help including fire alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fires, motor vehicle extrication, hazardous materials incidents and water rescues both in the At-

lantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay. This year, the third year held at the present location in Normandy Beach, Lasola’s Market once again provided the hot dogs, rolls, condiments and cart for the sale. Lasola’s has sponsored the event since its inception seven years ago in Chadwick Beach. Members of the OBFD also announced plans for the third Pancake Breakfast of the Summer. The public is invited to come out for a great breakfast that helps support the organization. The event will be held on September 1, from 811 am, at the firehouse located at 40 Kittiwake Avenue in the Ocean Beach section of Toms River. The OBFD, composed of over 30 volunteer firefighters and a Ladies’ Auxiliary

that assists at major incidents and community events, is always looking for new members to become part of the team and join over 60 years of tradition in the fire service. For more information, please call the firehouse at 7327937601 or visit PHOTO: Normandy Beach residents Bob and Rob Mrozek, right, supporting members of the Ocean Beach Fire Department at their seventh annual Dollar Dog Sale. Firefighters, from left, Chet Romatowski, Bill Durua, Chief Bill Giordano, Darren Elliott, Frank Stanislaski, Rich Dziadosz, volunteered at the event.

10 Rescued From Capsized Boat by Phil Stilton LAVALLETTE-At approximately 7:15 pm on Saturday, several individuals were rescued from a capsized boat in the Barnegat Bay north of Pelican approximately 100 yards from the Pershing Avenue waterfront near Stooling Point. The Lavallette Fire Department managed the rescue operation with assistance from Seaside Heights Station 44 and the Ocean Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

Chief Art Reece of the Lavallette Volunteer Fire Company said the boat, occupied by 10 people rolled over and most were ejected. Within minutes, nearby boaters and personal watercraft riders rescued the victims. One person, the driver of the boat, was rushed to

the vicinity of Sixth Terrace in Seaside Heights where Toms River Police EMS and MONOC medical staff transported the patient to a landing zone at Jacobsen Park on Camden Avenue where they were flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.

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The Ocean Signal | August 23rd - September 5th, 2013

Judge Denies Injunction Against Filming Snooki & JWow at Pelican Island Residence

by Phil Stilton PELICAN ISLAND-The normally quiet thoroughfare island community of Pelican Island is used to the buzzing traffic of thousands of vacationers passing through to the resort towns of the barrier island such as Seaside Heights and Seaside Park. What the community is not used to is those vacationers passing through their neighborhood to try to catch a glimpse of the their newest neighbor, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of the MTV shows “Jersey Shore” and “Snookie and JWOW”, now being filmed here. After learning about the show’s filming, Polizzi’s new neighbors on Pelican Island began to lodge complaints. First at town hall. Then in the courts. Recently, Berkeley Township has erected a new sign warning Polizzi’s curious fans to stay out. Despite Polizzi’s ongoing feud with her new neighbors, the township has declared the neighborhood a “Quality of Life Enforce-

ment Zone”, a subtle warning to fans that they are not welcome. “NO THRU TRAFFIC OR LOITERING PERMITTED”, the new sign reads, backed up by a 24 hour per day on-duty Berkeley Township Police officer parked across the street from the housePolizzi is staying at during the filming of the new season of MTV’s ”Snooki and JWOW” show. Oddly, the sign doesn’t warn against public indecency. Perhaps that’s because the once loud and publicly drunken Polizzi, known to have created a few public disturbances during her time in nearby Seaside Heights while filming Jersey Shore, promises that with her child and baby daddy Jionni LaValle, she has now become more refined now that she’s a mom. Town Says Sign to Pacify Neighbors Berkeley Township Business Administrator Chris Reid said the sign was placed at the request of

Mayor Carmen Amato after residents had voiced concerns about the increase in traffic to the neighborhood. “Mayor Amato has been proactive in this situation to address the concerns of the residents,” Reid said. “The sign was posted to remind those passing through about our town’s loitering and disturbance laws.” Reid said the sign does not bar curious onlookers from using the public right of ways, but just reminds them to obey local laws. Reid said despite the attention the filming has drawn to the small community, there have been very few quality of life complaints since the filming began. Calls made to Mayor Amato were not returned. Local Public Officials Host Cast and Crew The Pelican Island home where Snooki is at is owned by Mike Loundy, owner of Seaside Realty and the Sea Garden Motel and Director of Community Improvements at Borough of Seaside Heights, where Jersey Shore was filmed. The show’s production crew is staying at Loundy’s motel which was prominently featured on an episode of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” in season 3 in 2005. In that episode, contestants were given $20,000 to perform makeovers on the Jersey Shore motel as part of a business skill challenge. Another area home, located at 300 Carteret Avenue in Seaside Heights is serving as Jennifer “JWOW” Farley. That home is owned by Seaside Heights Special Events Coordinator Michael Graichen and his wife, Seaside Heights Councilwoman Arlene Graichen. Loundy’s

real estate company is also the agent of record for the original Jersey Shore house on Ocean Terrace. Judge Says The Show Must Go On Ocean County Superior Court Judge David Millard has denied a request for an injunction to halt the filming of MTV’s Snooki and JWOW television show on Pelican Island. The action means the show can continue filming at the Sunset Boulevard home of Seaside Heights Director of Community Improvements Mike Loundy. Instead, the judge ordered Loundy to apply for a variance with the Berkeley Township zoning board after township zoning officer John Battisti ordered the issuance of code violations to Loundy. “The judge denied the order to show cause and did not decide the case,” said Berkeley Township Business Administrator Christopher Reid. Reid said Loundy has applied for a variance application and the measure may be heard at a future zoning board meeting. Battisti, according to Reid said the filming of the show was a violation the town-

ship’s zoning use laws. Ron Gasiorowski, a Red Bank lawyer representing the homeowners who are trying to bar the production and filming of the show in their residential neighborhood, said on Tuesday, “This is not a decision to decide the case, but a decision to see what happens at the zoning board level.” Gasiorowski said that should the zoning board grant the variance, his clients’ case could then come back in front of the judge. The Sunset Drive home is in an R-60 residential zone. Reid said the next zoning board meeting is in September and no agenda has been adopted yet for that meeting.

Dolphin removed from beach in Seaside Heights near Casino Pier. Photo Corey Hudak, vis JHSN. NJ Newsworks.

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More Dolphins Found Dead by Justin Auciello, NJ Newsworks/JSHN SEASIDE HEIGHTS-On the heels of three dolphins found deceased Friday, additional deaths were reported Saturday at the Jersey Shore. "Saw a dead beached dolphin in Holgate today. Very sad," wrote Jersey Shore Hurricane News contributor Nancy Diehl Young. "It was left on beach for an hour plus so everyone could see him and nobody bothered to cover him up. A bulldozer with a person in it and lifeguards all around. He was very badly decomposed/injured, and it was so disheartening to see." On Friday, dead dolphins were found in Seaside Heights, Longport, and Stone Harbor, and staffers from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) in Brigantine responded to each location, according to an Asbury Park Press report. MMSC Director Robert Schoelkopf recently spoke with Jersey Shore Hurricane News and NewsWorks about why he thinks the deaths are occurring, offering a stern warning to not enter the ocean to help any dolphins. In Ocean City last week, a shark took a bite out of a dying dolphin struggling in knee-deep water, Schoelkopf said. "We were lucky because just before the dolphin appeared, we had a severe lighting storm and lifeguards blew their whistles to get people out of the water," he said. "Someone in the crowd wading in the water could have been bitten." Understanding the danger, responders do not enter the water to recover sea life. Instead, they wait for the animal to wash ashore, Schoelkopf said. Some of the dolphins have tested positive for morbillivirus, a naturally occurring virus in dolphin populations, according to Schoelkopf. "Dolphins swim close together in pods. Diseases spread between animals when they surface to breathe," Schoelkopf said in a July 2013 N.J. Department of Environmental Protection release. "There is no evidence that the deaths we are seeing this summer are in any way related to water quality." About 150 dolphins have been recovered at beaches between New York and Virginia since July.


The Ocean Signal | August 23rd - September 5th, 2013

OCEAN GATE Ocean Gate: 95 Years a Borough by Erik Weber OCEAN GATE - Hundreds of residents, families and well-wishers rang in this borough’s 95th anniversary as a borough with events put on by various town volunteers and organizations over the August 10th weekend. Kicking things off were pancake breakfast fundraisers at four local Applebee’s restaurants across midOcean County to benefit Hometown Heroes, a Toms River-based non-profit organization who was chosen to disburse $300,000 from the Robin Hood Foundation to borough homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy last October. The funds were initially raised through the special 12-12-12 benefit concert that broadcast live from Madison Square Garden in Manhattan and featured shore rock musicians Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, among others. The public was then invited to enjoy the Wildwood Avenue beachfront later that morning, which offered over 50 merchandise and food vendors organized by Chief Financial Officer Paulette Konopka, who arranged for them to set up along East Longport and Wildwood avenues starting mid-morning and carrying through much of the day. Mid-day, hundreds of people thronged the Wildwood Avenue beachfront and pier to watch and take part in the inaugural cardboard boat race fundraiser put on by


the Ocean Gate Volunteer First Aid Squad, which will now be an annual event due to its large success, according to squad officers. Through the afternoon, Basement Musicians performed on the stage beside the pavilion and were succeeded by Bums in the Park that evening. Many from the town and beyond arrived again at the beachfront at dusk in anticipation of a promised fireworks display organized and fundraised by Mayor Paul Kennedy using all donations and zero tax dollars. It was the first such display celebrating the borough since the 90th anniversary five years earlier. “This is a great day in Ocean Gate,” stated the mayor, addressing the hundreds seated on blankets and in beach chairs and standing along the sidewalk at the beachfront as dusk advanced to night. “Sandy touched us but we’re strong - Ocean Gate strong - it’s in my heart and it’s got to be in all of your hearts.” Standing beside him on the pavilion stage were his youngest daughter, Camryn, 14, and grandson, Jack, 6. “I’m getting emotional a little bit but this is my family, and we’ve been here for 30 years - I’m your mayor but I’m a resident just like you,” he continued, thanking all of the sponsors from the day, including many area businesses and longtime borough families, volunteers, Ocean County Road

Department for providing lighting at no cost, and the police chief and his department. “Thank you for all the years - I do it for you; not for Paul Kennedy - I do it for Ocean Gate. Ocean Gate is in my heart and my blood and it will always be there.” Mayor Kennedy’s daughter and grandson then led the crowd in a countdown for the launch of the fireworks, at the end of which a huge burst of light and sound lit up the sky from the end of the pier and raised the faces of all those present up to view the show. “Happy 95 years for Ocean Gate,” said the mayor. Following the display which was heard and seen by curious residents across the river in eastern Toms River - and as crowds walked back to their homes and vehicles, over a half dozen paper lanterns were lit and launched from the pavilion area and floated skyward, putting a final cap to the day’s events.

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Pie-Eating, Peanut Races & Wheel Games: ‘Old-Fashioned’ Carnival Held for Historical Society’s 25th Anniversary by Dillon Heyck OCEAN GATE - Dozens of families with young children delighted in the ‘old-fashioned’ carnival held by the Ocean Gate Historical Society on breezy, sunny and mild Sunday, August 11th at the society grounds on Asbury Avenue here. The cause for the celebration - which included free games and refreshments at early 20th century prices as well as an ‘historical’ scavenger hunt plus informational tours of the Pennsylvania Railroad depot, caboose and Pearl Green museum - was to mark the society’s quarter century of operation, dating back to the late 1980s when a group of residents, motivated by the changing times since the borough’s incorporation away from Berkeley Township in 1918, petitioned the governing body and received land to move the old 1909 train depot from the public works yard, restore it and establish it as a museum of all things Ocean Gate. Through the intervening years, membership included such prominent volunteers as Pearl Green, whose bequest led to the construction and establishment of a second museum facility in her honor, and Ed Beck, who was instrumental to finding, purchasing and transporting the 1918 Pennsylvania Railroad caboose for a third major heritage component of the society. President Lou Purcaro stated that the train was purchased from Amtrak - the old ‘Pennsy’s’ modern-day successor - and brought here “to serve as an educational tool for the kids. It lets them know how men lived and ate in the back of the trains.” Participants of the day’s scavenger hunt found such information and clues as part of the game, while all over Asbury Avenue traditional carnival games were

staffed by society volunteers and enjoyed by children, who eagerly collected prize tickets and traded them in at a table with dozens of choices, all well-attainable to anybody playing for fun. Lemonade, root beer floats and assorted goodies were sold beneath a tent with free refills on the lemonade with purchase of a special commemorative plastic green mug. Pie- and watermelon-eating contests were also held, as were peanut races (place a peanut in a spoon and into one’s mouth and try to be the fastest across the finish line without losing the nut) and a ‘treasure hunt’ for coins in a mound of corn kernels. Mr. Purcaro described the borough as being “old town and old school - we’re a community that has a nice mix of the elderly, middle-aged and children.” A ceremony honoring dedicated society volunteers and longtime members including Eleanor Haug, the ‘eldest’ member - took place before the caboose area, and Mayor Paul Kennedy formally presented an early 20th century horse hitch found during a project that included excavation of an area in the borough. The next event being held by the historical society will be the annual four course gourmet Italian dinner on the evening of Saturday, September 7th at Adrian Hall. Two seatings are available, at 5 pm and 7 pm; cost is $20 for adults and $8 for children. For sales and information, please call Rosemary at (732) 269-8899 or Patrice at (732) 269-5710.

Movie on the Beach Saturday Aug. 24 The annual Ocean Gate Movie on the Beach, sponsored by the Ocean Gate Civic Club, will be held at the Wildwood Avenue beachfront on Saturday, August 24th at 8 pm. All are invited and encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. Popcorn, 50/50 raffles and other refreshments will be available for purchase. This year’s film will be Chasing Mavericks, a 2012 biographical drama rated PG about the

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life of American surfer Jay Moriarity. From the film’s promotional materials: “When young Jay Moriarity discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson to train him to survive it.” The film stars Jonny Weston as Jay Moriarity and Gerard Butler as Frosty Hesson.


Council Briefs The Ocean Signal | August 23rd - September 5th, 2013

ISLAND HEIGHTS The following are news and items from the August 20th meeting of the borough mayor and council. by Erik Weber

Fire Company “Power-Up!” Fundraiser Announced

Island Heights Volunteer Fire Company President Doug Platt approached the governing body and announced a new “Power-Up” fundraiser that the organization is holding in conjunction with Stream Energy - an electric and natural gas utility reseller - to save area residents money off their electric and gas bills while also supporting the fire company. “As you know, the Island Heights Fire Company spends a lot of energy and time trying to raise funds to buy equipment, and also because of [Hurricane] Sandy we had some damages to the building that have to be repaired, which is a significant cost in the near future,” he stated, adding that the utility reseller’s program would make monthly donations to the fire company for any residents of New Jersey and six other states who signed up for their services through the fire company. “If you go on the [Jersey Central Power and Light] JCP&L website they have a whole section that talks about [deregulated energy resellers] and recommends people look into it - it will save money on your utility bill.” According to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities website, “under New Jersey’s energy deregulation law, the supply portion of your electric or natural gas bill is separate from the delivery portion. With the supply portion open to competition, customers can shop around for the best price on their energy supplies.  Their electric and natural gas distribution utilities will still deliver those supplies through their wires and pipes – and respond to emergencies, should they arise – regardless of where those supplies are purchased. Purchasing your energy supplies from a company other than your electric or gas utility is purely an economic decision; it has no impact on the reliability or safety of your service.” Mr. Platt stated that for comparison, JCP&L consumers are charged 10.4 cents per kilo-


watt hour, while Stream Energy - which is also a member of the Better Business Bureau - can supply the same kilowatt hour for 9.68 cents on a fixed 24-month rate. If an average user consumes 2,000 kilowatt hours per month, they would then save $14.40 per month or $172.80 per year. “The process is simple - it took about three minutes to do it on a computer using a secure website,” said the fire company president. “There is no charge to switch and no cancelation fee if you decide down the road you want to go with someone else or back to JCP&L - commercial customers also get a free evaluation by them. You can sign up monthto-month, for six months or for 24 months.” Anyone interested in the program can go online to or email

Recent Police Activity

Councilman Joe Rogalski reported recent police activity, stating that two officers from the borough recently attended mandatory training for school safety through the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Office of Homeland Security. Additionally, “by the end of this week all of our fulltime officers should be certified as operators of the alcohol test unit - what I call breathalyzers,” he continued. “The police department is continuing enforcement on the riverfront and recreation areas and that will continue and increase - also included is recreational badges have been enforced and summonses issued to individuals who don’t have and don’t want to buy one.” The councilman added that the public works department was “doing a great job” repainting curbs illegally painted yellow on Summit Avenue several years earlier. “As a reminder, schools in Island Heights and local schools around us in Toms River will open in the next two weeks - please use caution during school hours,” said Mr. Rogalski. “In town in the school zone, all ordinances and laws will be strictly enforced with no warnings.”

Councilman Taboada


Effective immediately following the council meeting, Councilman Brian Taboada ended his tenure as a borough councilman due to expected conflicts with commitments that include attending law school classes in Newark at the same time governing body meetings will be held. “I can’t miss any classes and in the interest of the borough I feel I should step aside,” he said, thanking everyone for his time on council and wishing everyone would “keep up the good work.” After passing his formal resignation in the form of a letter to Mayor Jim Biggs, the governing body unanimously accepted his resignation with regrets.

Paver Project Underway

Council President Jeff Silver reported that the paver project undertaken to fill in the half-circle “thumb” to the north of the Central Avenue pavilion was underway, with the medallion featuring a large compass installed and the bulk of the blank pavers placed. Interested parties will soon be able to purchase pavers that will be engraved and replaced in the thumb at a cost not yet determined.

Police Enforcement Debated and Defended

Several residents present at the council meeting spoke during open public session and disputed alleged police actions rumored to have occurred recently that they felt was negative towards town residents and confirmed without details by Lt. Kevin Arnold, who defended the action and stated the defendant was wrong. Mayor Biggs defended the role of the police department at length and refused to allow alleged irresponsible persons, residents or not, get away with breaking borough ordinances for any reason.

Other actions of the governing body included:

• reimbursing Council President Jeff Silver for $530 for signs purchased for the borough • disbursing $36,549.93 to the Island Heights Volunteer First Aid Squad for an insurance payment due to damages incurred by Hurricane Sandy last October • approving $1,569 to Jammer Doors for the Department of Public Works for door replacements and $1,460.99 to Blue Line Emergency Lighting for police uniforms • approving water treatment plant modification number 20, increasing the price of the contract by $22,235.24 for the replacement of the installed decant pumps, which were deficient, with two larger, different-style pumps to meet the water treatment plant operation system pressures • approving water treatment plant modification number 21, increasing the price of the contract by $16,086.10 for well number 10 electrical feed modifications and the construction of an eight foot long concrete block retaining wall. • approving a proposal for services through O’Donnell, Stanton and Associates for Simpson Avenue road improvements as part of the 2013 New Jersey Department of Transportation Municipal Aid Program for a total of $55,800 • approving the borough library to hold a preschool story time called “Stories Around Island Heights” at a date to be determined this fall at the Central Avenue pavilion.

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Friends of the Library 2013 Annual Book Sale ISLAND HEIGHTS - The Friends of the Island Heights Library has announced its annual book sale, to take place on next month with donations now being accepted. This sale is the organization’s one major fundraiser, with proceeds used to supplement the programming costs for children and adults through the following year at the library. Book donations in both hardback and paperback will be accepted at Island Heights Borough Hall at the Wanamaker Complex on East End and Van Sant avenues during business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm only. Books may also be left on the porch at 266 Summit Avenue, weather permitting. Please do not drop off books at the Island Heights Library as they do not have the room to collect them. Please do not donate textbooks, encyclopedias or similar scholastic books. All books should be in good condition. Rule of thumb is to donate books that you would buy yourself. We really don’t have the volunteer time to recycle books in poor condition.  Book Sale Hours: Thursday September 19 (1-7pm) • Friday September 20 (1-7pm) Saturday September 21 (10am-4pm) • Sunday September 22 (Noon-3pm) For Further Information: Call the Island heights Library at 732-270-6266 or check out our “Friends of the Island Heights Library” Facebook page.

ABOVE: The new borough water sphere stands beside the old standpipe, to be demolished. BELOW: The paver project begun by Council President Jeff Silver had the center compass medallion and most of the blank pavers to be purchasd and engraved installed, as seen following this week’s council meeting.

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Jackson Goes Gold to Fight Pediatric Cancer in September by Phil Stilton JACKSON-Hundreds of Jackson Township residents are coming together to raise awareness to help fight pediatric cancer. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. The effort was started, nearly by accident by Jackson Township Mayor Michael Reina whose three year old grand daughter, Angela, suffers from Leukemia. “In the past we’ve had people come to the town and ask to paint the town pink or purple for cancer and I was looking on facebook one day and I saw a page in another state where they were painting the town gold for pediatric cancer,” the Mayor said. “I thought it was a good idea, so I sent out my own facebook message sharing that link with others and asking if anyone was interested in doing it here too.” Reina said the next day, Michelle Olsen, the mother of Chase Olsen, who passed away in 2009 after being diagnosed with stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma. “Michelle told me she wanted to do something with the local youth football league and wanted to help out too,” he said. Reina said shortly after, parents who have lost children in town due to cancer and other causes began contacting him to help with the campaign. “We want to just raise awareness and remind people about pediatric cancer,”

said Michelle Olsen. “We have the high school bands, football teams, the entire Jersey Shore AYF and many others who are going to wear gold during their games and performances.” Mrs. Olsen added that the football teams will be wearing gold ribbons on their helments and cheerleaders will be wearing gold ribbons on the sidelines for the month of September. “We’re going to kick it off and have a table at Jackson Day on September 1st.” Since posting that initial message on facebook, Reina said the group, which also includes local firefighters, police officers and more have gone out of their way to help out. The James Volpe Foundation donated money to buy the ribbons and supplies needed to make thousands of ribbons. Teams of volunteers spend their Wednesday nights together, whether at town hall or the Jackson Mills Volunteer Fire Department banquet room stapling ribbons, making over 2,000 in their third session last week. “You think of pink. You think of Susan Komen. Nobody thinks of gold, because young children aren’t supposed to have cancer,” Reina said. “Parents need to be aware of it. None of these children were born with cancer and early detection is important.” Reina said his granddaughter was initially misdiagnosed by doctors telling his daughter, “It’s going around, she just has

a virus.” “If it’s not going away, demand a blood test,” he urged parents. Reina was joined by Christine Volpe, mother of James Volpe, Councilwoman Anne Updegrave, Chief Tim Carson and about a dozen other volunteers last week at the Jackson Mills firehouse as the group made ribbons long into the night, to give out Jackson Day. Reina credited the community spirit in Jackson for getting this far. “I can’t believe the love, appreciation and support this town gives to one another, it knocks me down, I’ve seen it so many times,” he said. Anyone who wants to come out and help promote childhood cancer is welcome. The next session will be this Wednesday at 7pm at town hall. Volunteers are urged to bring a

pair of scissors and a stapler to craft riibons. Photo: Jackson Township councilwoman Anne Updegrave makes ribbons for Paint the Town Gold. Ms. Updegrave recently lost her mother to cancer.

Jaguar Band to March in Miss America Parade The Jackson Memorial High School Marching Jaguars Marching Band will be marching at the 2013 Miss America Parade in Atlantic City on Saturday, September 14th. The parade is a precursor to the September 15th Miss America Pageant, which is returning home to Atlantic City this year. Since 2006, the Pageant was hosted in Las Vegas. Photo: 2013-14 Jackson Memorial Jaguar Marching Band, first day at practice on August 12th. Photo by Bud McCormick.


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A Lovin’ Spoonful in Jackson by Phil Stilton JACKSON-Jackson residents were treated to a “Lovin’ Spoonful” on Saturday, August 10th as Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame singer and songwriter John Sebastian of the band “The Lovin’ Spoonful” performed songs from his repertiore which spans forty years. Who is John Sebastian you ask? You probably know the words to a half-dozen of his songs and don’t even realize it. He’s famous for hits such as “Summer in the City” and “Do you Believe in Magic”

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT JACKSON The Jackson PBA 168 hosted their annual National Night Out Against Crime celebration on August 6th. The events included live fire and police demostrations, face painting, bounce houses and displays of police, fire and EMT equipment.

14th Annual PBA Pig Roast Sat. Sept. 7 1-6pm

Pine Park, Lakewood Come out & show your support for the men & women of the Jackson Township Police Department on Saturday, September 7th, 2013 as they host an incredible day filled with family friendly events! $30 Adults; $20 Kids 8 & Free

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Judge Tosses Out InHouse Legal Council Petition By Mitch Collins TOMS RIVER-A petition for a November ballot resolution filed by a group of Jackson residents was invalidated by Superior Court Judge Craig Wellerson last Friday. The petition would have allowed voters in the town to vote on a measure that would have required the township to hire an inhouse legal counsel team if approved by voters. Currently, the township chooses politically appointed professionals for legal work. The law firm Gilmore and Monohan, headed by Ocean County Republica Club Chairman George George Gilmore, is currently the township’s appointed general legal counsel. The group behind the petition was headed by 2012 township council election candidate Ray Cattonar and members of the “Jackson Tax Payers” organization. The group collected thousands of signatures from Jackson residents. Falvio Komuves, the attorney who represented the petitioners sought to simply cut a section of the resolution that referenced shared legal services with the Board of Education, but Judge Wellerson blamed the language of the ordinance and not the content of the ordinance in his final decision. The battle, which many argued was a political one between rival political factions in Jackson, was between an all-Republican council and mayor versus


members of various Tea Party and taxpayer groups. Although the group can again collect signatures for a future election ballot, it is too late to have the question on the November 2013 ballot. Mayor Michael Reina said of the judge’s decision, “It’s not that we thought in-house counsel was a bad idea. Like any other ideas to cut costs brought to us by residents, we looked at it,” he said. “We had the council look it then they passed it on to the Citizens Advisory Budget Committee who researched it in depth and we all came to one conclusion and that was that there was nothing in there that would guarantee any savings to the township.” Reina said he felt the CBAC did a thorough audit of the petition and the accompanying report presented to the township by Cattonar. “You can’t just say another town did and they saved money, so we should do it too,” the Mayor said. “It was compared to Howell. Howell and Jackson are very diverse and different towns.” Reina added that a suggestion by residents came about a few years ago, asking for a shared services agreement between Point Pleasant and Jackson. “Something like that sounds good at first, but when you look into it, how could that work?” he added, noting there are two towns physically separating the two municipalities. “We always welcome resi-

dents to offer suggestions,” he said. “Sometimes they are good and they work, other times, they’re not and they don’t, but we carefully look at everything that is on the table all the time.”

PAWN SHOPS COOPERATE WITH JACKSON POLICE On Monday August 12, 2013 at 9:48 am, Officers responded to an address on New Hampshire Street on a report of a Burglary and Theft. The homeowners reported that while they were away on vacation, their home was broken into and property valued in excess of $8,000.00 had been stolen. Much of the stolen property consisted of watches, rings and other assorted jewelry. The investigating officers developed information on the suspect and where the proceeds from the incident may have been sold. Several area pawn shops cooperated with the investigation and items that were sold to the shops by the suspect were recovered. The suspect was then located and placed under arrest. Arrested: Michael Newman, age 35, of Jackson, NJ. Mr. Newman was charged with Burglary and Theft. He was processed at police headquarters and later released on summons pending a court appearance. Also Arrested: Edward Hannah, age 49 of Ocean, NJ. During the investigation, it was discovered that items stolen in the incident had also been sold at Ed’s Ele-

gant Coins located in Howell, NJ. When questioned by investigating officers, Mr. Hannah denied buying anything and it was later learned that he did possess and allegedly attempted to sell the items. Mr. Hannah was charged with Receiving Stolen Property and bail was set at $5,000.00. He was processed and later released after posting bail. The stolen jewelry was recovered and later returned to the victims.

MAN INJURED IN CRASH ON EAST VETS On Tuesday August 13, 2013 at 12:47 pm, Jackson Township Police Officers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a serious motor vehicle crash on East Veteran’s Highway in the vicinity of Grawtown Road involving a tractor trailer owned by Clayton Block Company and a Chevy Avalanche operated by a Jackson Township resident. The Chevy was reportedly traveling westbound on East Veteran’s Highway and according to witness statements, was being driven erratically when it crossed over the center line of travel and crashed into the Clayton’s truck. The driver of the Clayton’s truck attempted to avoid the collision, however the Chevy was too far into his lane of travel. The two vehicles crashed nearly head on and the Clayton’s truck continued after impact and struck two utility poles. The Chevy remained in the

roadway which had to be closed for several hours for investigative purposes. The driver of the Chevy was extricated from the vehicle by fire personnel from Stations 55 and 57. He was then transported by Quality First Aid to Jersey Shore Regional Trauma Center in Neptune for his injuries which appear to be non-life threatening at this time. The crash is under investigation and any complaints will be pending the outcome of the investigation. Anyone with information pertaining to this crash is asked to contact the Jackson Police Department at 732-928-1111.

TOW TRUCK FIRE ON CEDAR SWAMP ROAD On August 12th, at Approximately 2:20 pm, Jackson Police and firefighters responded to the intersection of East/West Fish Road and Cedar Swamp Road for a fully engulfed truck fire. The truck, an industrial tow truck, owned by Jerry’s Auto Body of Jackson

caught fire after passing under smoking electrical wires, according to the Jackson Township Police Department. Sgt. Patrick Mackin said the driver of the vehicle reported that he noticed a smoking wire overhead and decided to coast beneath it to pass, with the ignition off. As it passed under the faulty wires, it triggered a fire which severely damaged the vehicle. The driver, a passenger and a dog all exited the vehicle without injury. JCP&L responded and the road was closed for several hours while crews repaired the lines. The fire damaged the secondary power lines and melted the lower cable and telephone lines.

POLICE EXPLORERS RECRUITING The Jackson Police Explorer Post #168 is currently recruiting for new members who are interested in the field of law enforcement. Law Enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and

women ages fourteen to twenty years old. Law Enforcement Explorer posts help youth to gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities ( lawenforcement). Currently the Jackson Police Explorers meet once a week throughout the year and perform various community service functions in town and around the county. In addition to community service, the Explorers are trained in law enforcement related topics and activities. For information about joining the Jackson Police Explorers, please email Police Officer Campbell Brown at you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 732-928-1111 x 5248

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POLICE BLOTTER Holiday City Resident Arrested After Fleeing Police on Motorcycle TOMS RIVER-Shortly after midnight on Saturday, August 17, Toms River Police Officer Adam Worth initiated a motor vehicle stop of a motorcycle on Route 37 near St. Catherine Boulevard. Officer Worth, according to a report issued by Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy then observed the motorcycle signal to turn into the Friendly’s parking lot where the operator proceeded to maneuver through quickly before turning back onto Route 37. After then turning into the parking lot of St. Maximil-

ian Kolbe Church, the motorcycle hit a curb and then drove into a wooded area. Officer Worth pursued the suspect who then fled on foot. “The driver, John Horlowski, 53, of Montserrat Street in Holiday City of Berkeley was taken to the ground by Officer Worth and Officer Kyle Martucci and placed under arrest,” Chief Mastronardy said. ”Mr. Horlowski was charged with numerous motor vehicle violations including operating an unregistered vehicle, fictitious plates and eluding and resisting arrest.”

Car Crashes into Two Homes in Lakehurst LAKEHURST-At 1:30 am Saturday morning, a vehicle drove into two homes on Brown Avenue here. Police are reporting that two victims, both occupants of one of the homes at the time of the crash sustained injuries. Another home that was struck was unoccupied at the time. At 1:51 am, a landing zone was setup at Manchester High School to transport one of the patients via MONOC1. The other patient was transported by ambulance to Community Medical Center in Toms River.

Units from the Manchester Fire Department, Whiting Fire Department and Ridgeway Fire Department responded at the crash site and landing zone. The helicopter arrived for transport at 2:15 am. According to BNN, one victim suffered a head injury with facial lacerations. No further information is available at this time and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Unit is conducting an investigation. The Lakehurst building department is inspecting the structures.

Fast Food “Junkie” Arrested at Wendy’s TOMS RIVER-Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy today said his department apprehended what he described as a “Fast Food Junkie” after an off-duty officer witnessed what he suspected was a drug transaction in the parking lot of the Route 37 Wendy’s. “Off duty officer Ted Malony was in the drive through lane of the fast food restaurant on Route 37 at 4 p.m. on Thursday when he witnessed a drug transaction in the parking lot,” Mastronardy said. ” Officer William Hutton and sergeant Ed Mooney were advised and stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver Timothy Cole 25 of Newark on an a

$200 Newark warrant and a $500 Cranford warrant.” Once arrested, the officers located $5,854 dollars in his jean pockets. Officers then searched the vehicle and recovered 450 wax folds of suspected heroin, a Rohm .22 caliber revolver with serial numbers defaced, hollow point ammunition and additional $810. Mr. Cole was charged with possession of a handgun, defacing a handgun, possession of body armor penetrating bullets and possession of heroin with intent to distribute and held in Ocean County Jail on $200,000 bail no 10%.

Two Dead in Beachwood Murder Suicide BEACHWOOD - Police have identified the victims from last night’s shooting in Beachwood as 62-yearold Richard Quattrone and 56-year-old Kamran Ahmadimarandi, both of 200 Compass Avenue, here. Mr. Ahmadimarandi has been identified as the brother in-law of Mr. Quattrone. At approximately 9:23 pm last night, a 9-1-1 call was placed to borough police by a male caller who indicated that a shooting had taken place at the residence, and borough police – including Dennis Allen, David Bowden and Adam Griesemer -subsequently responded. Upon entering the residence they were met by Fatemeh Quattrone, age 57, also of 200 Compass Avenue. The officers subsequently located the bodies of both Mr. Quattrone and Mr. Ahmadimarandi in a bedroom of the residence. Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Major Crimes Unit, the Beachwood Police Department and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Criminalistics Investigations Unit also responded to the scene. Fatemeh Quattrone was identified as the wife of Mr. Richard Quattrone. Mr. Ahmadimarandi is her brother and was living at the residence with the Quattrones. The investigation up to this point has revealed that just prior to the shooting, Mr. and Ms. Quattrone were having a verbal domestic incident which Mr. Ahmadimarandi was present for. Mr. Quattrone, along

with Mr. Ahmadimarandi, subsequently entered a bedroom at which time Mr. Ahmadimarandi retrieved a 9mm handgun and shot Mr. Quattrone two times, killing him. The investigation has revealed that after shooting Mr. Quattrone, Mr. Ahmadimarandi contacted 9-1-1 and than turned the gun on himself. Both Mr. Quattrone and Mr. Ahmadimarandi were located in the same bedroom. Detectives investigating the incident located the 9mm handgun used in the shootings in close proximity to Mr. Ahmadimarandi. The autopsies for both victims are scheduled for later today. The investigation is continuing. According to Mr. Quattrone’s public Facebook profile, he was a retired printer operator originally from Fairview, Bergen County and graduated from Bergen County Vocational and Technical High School in 1970. Tax records indicate he purchased 200 Compass Avenue in November 2011. Anyone with information are asked to contact the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Detective Raymond Gardner at 732-929-2027 ext. 3908 or the Beachwood Police Department, Detective Sean Langan at 732349-1242. Also assisting in the investigation were members of the Ocean County Sheriffs Department Criminalistics Investigations Unit and the Pine Beach Police Department.

Woman Found Dead in Toms River Motel TOMS RIVER-Police have identified the 18-year-old girl found deceased at the Red Roof Inn located on Water Street in Toms River on August 13, 2013 as 18-year-old Devin Terry of Brick NJ. An autopsy was performed on Ms. Terry on Tuesday. Those results are pending further toxicology testing. The results of the toxicology testing can take two weeks or more. Detec-

tives from the Prosecutor’s Major Crimes Unit and the Toms River Police Department are continuing their investigation into the death of Ms. Terry. Anyone with information are asked to contact the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Detective John Murphy at 732929-2027 ext. 2422 or the Toms River Police Department, Detective Randy Petrick at 732-349-0150.

Jackson Police Arrest 3 on Drug Charges JACKSON-On Wednesday August 14, 2013, Jackson Police Officers and Detectives concluded an investigation concerning the distribution of heroin with the arrest of three people. At approximately 3:45 pm, after obtaining information that the suspect in the investigation had traveled to Trenton to purchase a quantity of narcotics, officers initiated a motor vehicle stop with the suspect’s 2008 Chevy on Interstate 195 in Jackson. During the course of the motor vehicle stop, detectives recovered 1,000 decks of heroin and a female was placed under arrest. Arrested: Nicole Caporellie, age 24 of Jackson, NJ. Ms. Caporellie was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bail was set at $50,000.00 and she was processed and later released after posting bond. The investigation led to a

residence on Anderson Road where detectives recovered marijuana, additional heroin, Suboxone, other assorted pills and drug paraphernalia and two other suspects were arrested. Also Arrested: George Hruszczak, age 61 of Jackson, NJ. Mr. Hruszczak was charged with Unlawful Possession of Prescription Legend Drugs and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was processed and later released on summons pending a court appearance. Ryan D. Oliver, age 23 of Hamilton, NJ. Mr. Oliver was charged with Possession of Heroin, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Hypodermic Syringes, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was processed and later released on summons pending a court appearance. During the investigation, Ms. Caporellie’s 2008 Chevy was also impounded and is being held pending forfeiture proceedings.

1 Dead in Barnegat Bay Jet Ski Crash Two Crashes: One Dead, Two Sent to Hospital TOMS RIVER-At approximately 7:45 pm on Sunday, August 11, Toms River Police responded to a jet ski incident in the vicinity of the Pier One Motel and Marina near the Mathis Bridge. Police responded to the location after a report that two jet skis had collided on the Barnegat Bay, just north of the bridge. One patient was taken from the scene by boat to the Pier One Marina, according to first responders on scene. Both victims were then transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River, one reportedly in cardiac arrest. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Sgt. Adam Grossman of the New Jersey State Police. A short time after the incident, the New Jersey State Marine Police were searching for a possible jet ski crash victim in the vicinity of Rochester Drive in nearby Brick Township. Police at the scene had suspected a jet ski crashed into a bulkhead. Brick police and fire department established a staging area on Knoll Crest Avenue in

the Drum Point section. That incident was reported at 8:20 pm. Brick police requested helicopter search lights at 8:40 pm, but after nearly one hour of searching, police were able to confirm the jet ski was one of the two involved in the earlier accident near Toms River at 9:20 pm. The location in Brick is approximately 5 miles north of where the crash occurred. The weekend prior, police responded to a call of a jet ski floating unattended in the Barnegat Bay and a search for an operator was initiated until the owner of the jet ski notified police it simply floated from its mooring at the site. Island Heights Station 53’s water rescue team was called and Mantoloking Police Department’s patrol boat was also on scene. A week later, a man riding a jet ski suffered a serious head laceration and was transported by helicopter to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune after being struck another jet ski shortly after 1pm on Friday. The incident occurred near Jersey Shore Watercraft in the vicinity of Pelican Island


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The Ocean Signal | August 23rd - September 5th, 2013

Brookville: A Tale of Two Summer Camps, Part Two 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. Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation: Teamwork and Leadership for a Brighter Future Nestled within a warren of trails connecting both cubby-clearings and wider campground areas featuring fixed and temporary shelters, plus further facilities including a cafeteria and lakefront beach, the boy scout camp here is designed to build character and make leaders of the boys and young men who attend either as part of the campground’s regular summer day and resident camp programs or with their own independent scout pack or troop. Founded in 1957, the campground operates year-round with approximately 15,000 annual participating scouts tackling such challenges within the merit badge program


as shooting sports - including shotgun, rifle and archery; the “Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience” (COPE) course; aquatics - with sailing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, scuba diving, swimming and lifesaving; ranger - including auto mechanics, plumbing, home repairs, painting, welding, electricity; CSI: Brookville - with crime prevention, fingerprinting, first aid, emergency preparedness and more, plus an assortment of other skill-building programs, projects and tasks. “Parents send their kids into scouting for character development and to build morals and to be good people and be good citizens,” said Wayne Holmes, director of the reservation with the Jersey Shore Council of the Boy Scouts of America. “Kids do it because they like to play with fire and shoot guns,” he added, laughing. Touring the grounds at the reservation, scouts could be found everywhere - in groups learning the important safety procedures for handling and shooting firearms at a picnic table while an-

other group put them into practice at the adjacent shooting range, threading stitches into handmade leather moccasins or carving various wooden elements for practical and decorative uses, ‘rescuing’ one another from the lakefront dock area as a scout leader with a bullhorn mock-drilled them into better time results, canoeing to distant shorelines below towering pines (and shooting the occasional water rifle out for fun), studying amphibians and reptiles. At the COPE course, both high and low challenges awaited under direction of Will Oliver, program lead there, who offered a tour of the grounds. “What we do here is a lot of team building and try to press the boundaries and limits that scouts think they can achieve,” he said. “Allowing them to take leadership positions that they wouldn’t normally have.” The low COPE elements included field games, traverses comprised of tires and logs suspended by cables and rope near the ground, cut logs and boards forming puzzle-like transport chal-

lenges and more. “There’s a balance log which you have to get your entire team across the side and have everyone standing on it and we usually make them sing, like, ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ or something to make sure they’re all steady,” Mr. Oliver laughed. “And then we have the high COPE stuff the rock wall - we do rappelling on the back side there’s a two-person team event called the Giant’s Ladder - which you and your teammate need to help each other get to the top of the tower; its between 30 and 35 feet [in the air]. Other elements of high COPE included “Islands in the Sky,” or a half dozen wooden platforms suspended by cables across which team members must cross at heights approximating the top of common telephone poles; a zipline; and a vertical pole called the “Leap of Faith,” which the program lead professed as his favorite. “You climb up on the staples and the rope runs through a pulley, and you have to jump off the top of the pole and try and hit the monkey’s fists that are hanging down about ten feet away,” he said, laughing. “It’s quite a leap... of faith. And we run the rope through a smaller, lighter pole to make an Australian belay [a climbing technique that includes one climber suspended by rope on the pulley and three team members clipped to the same rope below, who walk forward or backward to raise or lower the climber] so we can get the whole team doing it. We teach kids how to belay on verbal signals - it’s a team effort and communication is very important here.” “That entire program it’s a full weeklong program for older scouts,” added Mr. Holmes, referring to COPE. “They spend all their time there - it’s about getting to know each other, learning how to work together, building their leadership skills. They have a lot of fun while they’re doing it and don’t even know what’s going on [behind the fun].” Mr. Holmes said that in his time at the Citta reservation and through his own scouting experiences, he had too many stories to mention of boys and young men who took the skills learned in scouting and at their time at the campground and utilize them today in various fields and professions.

“[Citta reservation] is an opportunity for them to learn a new skill or hobby, or something that they want to learn about that they get to develop skills that they never would have had the chance to develop,” he said. For more information on the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation or the Jersey Shore Council of Boy Scouts of America, visit them online at

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The Ocean Signal | August 23rd - September 5th, 2013

Youth Football Kicks Off at Mighty Mite Fun Day Toms River High School South Track Alumni Meet Alumni members of the Toms River High School Track and Cross Country teams met for an unofficial alumni “meet” at the track at their alma mater, with legendary coach and recently retired education Mark O’Leary taking time for a fast 400 meter dash. Afterwards, the group met the second part of the track team’s coaching dynamic duo, Ed Heffernan, at Capone’s on Washington Street for some good pizza and memories. ERIK WEBER / OCEAN SIGNAL

Jackson Litle League softball all-stars were invited to First Energy Park in August as guests of the Lakewood BlueClaws for their District 18 championship this past summer. It was the league’s first ever appearance in the tournament after creating the softball division in the fall of 2012.

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Brick Dragons: 2013 AYF Powder Puff Champions

BRICK-The Jersey Shore Football League, now three seasons removed from their past with Pop Warner, enter their third season as New Jersey AYF Jersey Shore Conference. Each season, the league kicks off unofficially with the Mighty Mite Fun Day, a weekend long schedule of scrimmage games in the 7-9 year old mighty mite division. The event, hosted by the Brick Mustangs took place last weekend and included teams from Toms River, Jackson, Berkeley, Brick

and the Monmouth County region of the Jersey Shore.

The Brick Dragons were champions at this year’s Powder Puff Football Tournament. Photos by Photofy. Below, the boys dress up as cheerleaders to support the girls.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS The league will host it’s annual official kick off on Friday, August 30th. This year’s Friday Night Lights games will be held at River Plaza, Brick, Howell and Jackson. Game times are 5:30pm, 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm at Brick Howell and Jackson.

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Jackson Little Leaguer Hits for the Cycle in All-Star Tournament 11 year old John Nimeth of the Jackson Little League AllStars hit for the cycle last month as he led his team to a 13-4 victory against Barnegat. Nimeth started his night with a hard hit triple, followed by a double. He went deep in his third at bat, going over the fence for a home run. In his final at bat, he hit a single, completing the cycle, a rare baseball feat. For a batter in baseball, hitting for the cycle is as rare as pitching a no-hitter.


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