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DECEMBER 2016 10 Garden OF HOPE

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Worldwide candle lighting ceremony to remember Jackson’s children who have passed at the Garden of Hope.

14 TOWN HALL INSIDER Signs of discourse in Jackson’s Republican Club surface in first council meeting after historic, unopposed election.

16 CAN WALKER WALK THE WALK? Rae Ann Walker has taken on town hall and now she wants to bring her passion and knowledge of zoning matters to an open volunteer position, but some aren’t happy.

26 BEST IN NJ? One Jackson restaurant was named one of the top 10 hottest in the state by the Star Ledger.

28 DECADES OF TRAINING Jackson karate school celebrates 10 year anniversary.

Santa joined Rita and Tony DelVechhio at Holbrook Little League as members of the community came together to support the family of a long time volunteer battling cancer.

Breakfast with Santa Hundreds of families came out on December 10th to support the family of Jean Elias. The Elias family has long been a presence at Holbrook Little League where Jean coached softball and volunteers during the off-season to help the girls of Jackson. Husband Jeff is also a volunteer. Tony DelVecchio and the members of the Holbrook Board of Directors host an annual Breakfast with Santa to help a league family in need. Despite battling cancer for years, Jean remained dedicated to her volunteer work with the girls at Holbrook. Her cancer has progressed and is now suffering with late stage cancer.

30 LAST MINUTE SHOPPING Where are the best places to find gifts right here in Jackson?

33 OFFICER RETIRED Beloved veteran Jackson Police officer hangs up the badge.

38-44 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

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Take a stroll down memory lane with our favorite moments from Jackson in the past 12 months.

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This year, Christmas and Chanuka are celebrated at the same time. This year, Chaunkah begins on December 24th, Christmas Eve and ends on January 1st. Our message to our readers is that religion is not what should divide our community, but it is what should bring our community together. Jackson is facing growing pains and if everyone makes an effort this holiday season to be more neighborly and open to each other, perhaps we can come together to continue to make Jackson Township one of the best places in Ocean County to call home for years to come.

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from the editor As we enter our 7th year of publishing the most read community and family news publication in Jackson, I’m very excited. There are some changes coming in January as you will see a preview in this issue of some of those changes. The news industry is an ever changing business. Magazines like JTOWN Magazine are completely advertiser funded meaning we can only do as much as a supportive business community can do for us. JTOWN Magazine operated for years without competition. In my mind, we still operate without competition, but unfortunately in the minds of many businesses in town. In the past two years, many businesses in town opted for the new coupon cheaper, lower quality, content-free coupon clippers in town, three or four in all now. Those businesses, as in all business, would undercut JTOWN all day long, just to try to put us out of business. I regret to inform them...it didn’t work. Despite those actions, we stood firm, behind the community, delivering the news, showcasing our schools, sports and businesses, but this year it has become more difficult. Despite several who abandoned JTOWN for the out-oftown clippers, I remain 100% focused and dedicated to the businesses that understand JTOWN and why it works for them. If you enjoy JTOWN Magazine, let those clipper businesses know which magazine you read most each month. Many complain to us often about newspapers dropped in driveways and the non-interest of those publications. Many businesses don’t understand the value we not only bring to our advertisers, but to the community in general.

I throw away wet newspapers that land in my driveway and I’m sure you do too. I flip through the coupon clippers to see if there’s any coupons I can use before throwing it in the trash before I even get to the house. I’m sure many of you do too. We started JTOWN Magazine in 2008 because the media had abandoned our town. There was nothing. Nobody cared about Jackson until they realized a publication can be successful here. The weeklies pulled back and the dailies had completely lost touch with our town. Now, they see the dollar signs and they’re back. Many exciting new things are coming to our magazine in 2017 and we want to invite those businesses who left us to come back and see what we have to offer. Sure, we can cut out all of the content in our magazine and become a coupon clipper. Trust me when I say it would be an easier and more profitable platform than what we do now, but I believe 100% in the mission of JTOWN Magazine which has been a publication for the people and by the people...of Jackson...to represent the people of Jackson. To showcase both our achievements and to reflect on our follies. For years, I have been committed to the charities of Jackson, giving ad space and promoting their fund raisers, something the clippers and other papers rarely do. I am 100% committed to you, our readers. To our students, our teachers, our police and emergency personnel. Instead of rolling over and ceasing JTOWN, which would have been the easier route, I have decided to take a stand, starting this month and deliver a product each month that will

be even better than it ever was. As always, this time of year, I want to thank our loyal advertisers who experience the benefits of this two-way relationship and to thank them for allowing us to shine the spotlight on our town every month for 7 years. In 2017, JTOWN will be more integrated with our daily online news platform, the Shore News Network, connecting Jackson businesses daily to our over 100,000 social media followers all over central New Jersey. I invite you to join over 10,000 other Jackson residents in our vibrant and active Jackson social media pages (Jackson,NJ & JTOWN Magazine) to get the latest news and information on our town..as it happens. I absolutely love our JTOWN Family, both in print and online and would never trade it for selling myself short. I enjoy promoting everything positive about our great town, but at the same time, I equally enjoy being a community watchdog, to ensure that nobody is taking advantage of our residents. So here’s to a very Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah and looking forward to an amazing 2017, when our community can come together for the common good and keep Jackson great for years to come.

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OUR TOWN COMMUNITY CARING Jackson Comes Out to Support Family of Coach Battling Cancer

Jean Elias has been a fixture in Jackson girls softball for many years. She has been a coach since the days of the Jackson Recreation Softball days and some years even coached two teams. She would spend her summers and winters hosting softball clinics for girls of all

ages. That was while she was undergoing treatment for cancer. Now, according to her family, Jean is in late stage cancer and receiving hospice care. On December 10th, Holbrook hosted its annual “Breakfast with Santa” and all proceeds

were donated by the league to the Elias family. League President Tony DelVecchio and the Holbrook board of directors served breakfast to the several hundred who attended the event. DelVecchio was joined by his wife Rita. “Rita spent the entire morning cooking for over 300 people and I had the pleasure to serve them, especially the younger kids who never cease to make me smile,” DelVecchio said. “Kudos to our Board Members, wives and friends who made this event such a great success. Huge thanks go out to everyone for their donations. Too many people to thank, but it was an amazing display of community by our town. God bless Jean Elias and her family. Merry Christmas everyone.”

Jackson Garden of Hope Joins Global Candle Lighting

There’s a very special place in Jackson dedicated to the children of the town who never got the chance to grow up like the rest of us. That place is the Jackson Garden of Hope, located on Jackson Mills Road. The garden is a place for the community to come to remember children who passed away. It is the work of resident Bill Valentine and on Sunday, December 11, Valentine was joined by friends and family members of those whose memories are enshrined on the memrial’s pavers. It was a coordinated worldwide effort to light a candle for the world’s children who are no longer with us. Photo by Lisa Pallante.

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EDUCATION IN OUR SCHOOLS St. Aloysius Students Not Just Horsing Around Duncan, the mini therapy horse visit the St. Aloysius School in November. The first graders recently had a lesson in their classroom about therapy dogs, and this was a great reinforcement of that lesson. In addition, the First Graders are the “official animal lovers” of Saint Aloysius School, as they have an ongoing project throughout the year of collecting much needed supplies for the Ocean County Animal Shelter! Duncan is owned and trained by Mr and Mrs Shawn Emmons, parents of First Grader Tyler Emmons. When First Grade teacher, Mrs. Accomando, was asked if she would like Duncan

to come for a visit, she thought it would be a fantastic learning experience for her class!

Duncan is a miniature horse, who is certified for therapy, and is a frequent visitor to hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, and schools. He is known for his calming personality, beautiful brown eyes, and adorable “Build a Bear” sneakers on his feet! The boys and girls learned all about Duncan, were able to get up close and personal with him, and asked many great questions of the Emmons. The students also made thank you cards for veterans that Emmons handed out during trips to nursing homes he visits with Duncan.

Shawn Emmons, Duncan and the first grade class at St. Aloysius School.

Members of Jackson Fire Department District 3 Local #86 stopped by the Alpha School in Jackson to make a generous donation to the school. The Alpha School is truly a unique environment for children with special needs. Each child is accepted as an individual with their own unique areas of strength and areas that require special attention.

The Goetz Middle School Honors Choir performed at the December 3rd Jackson Township Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

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TOWN HALL INSIDER

Jackson Republican Club at Odds With Itself Again

clubs would back Trump the second time around. Trump The Jackson Republican Club, won that second county nominotorious for its often deep, nating convention in a landslide. damaging disagreements and Jackson Township’s local GOP public airing of it’s internal dirty club split their votes 2-2-2 for laundry showed more signs of Trump, Kasich and Cruz as the a rift at the December council club had not met formally to meeting after prominent local choose a nominee prior to both GOP club member Dr. Sheldon conventions. Hoffstein called for the removal By April, Gilmore’s Ocean of Ocean County GOP Chair- County Republican organizaman George Gilmore’s firm tion was the first in New Jersey as the township legal counsel. to fully back Donald Trump for Hoffstein credited low Repub- President. lican turnout in Ocean County Hoffstein criticized the Jackand claimed public conflicts of son Township council for their low numbers despite running interest for his opinion. u n o p “I’m going to say some“You have business on posed in the Nothing that’s one side, political on the vember going to other.” election, ruffle your stating feathers, and -Dr. Sheldon Hoffstein s e v e r I think it’s al other something that has to be said,” Dr. Shel- towns, some with strong Demdon Hoffstein, a member of the ocrat opposition received highJackson Republican Club, told er vote percentage than the the township council. “Presi- Jackson Republican slate. dent-Elect Trump won on the “The Republican leader of promise to make America great Ocean County takes credit again by changing the status for the huge turnout for Mr. quo. He won the Republican Trump,” Dr. Hoffstein said of primary. He destroyed the Re- Gilmore. publican establishment. Even Dr. Hoffstein said that Ocean though New Jersey leans Dem- County played a large role in ocrat, here in Ocean County he Governor Christie’s back to back election wins and that won two-thirds of the vote.” The Ocean County Republican Ocean County’s vote will be imClub was an early Trump back- portant for next year’s gubernaer, However, after a spring GOP torial election. nominating convention where “The Republican candidate [in towns chose not to endorse any 2017] will need an overwhelmpresidential candidates, Chair- ing turnout of voters in Ocean man George Gilmore whose County in order to win,” he firm Gilmore and Monahan added. represents the township, called “You have business on one a second nomination conven- side, political on the other side,” tion, hoping the local GOP Hoffstein said. Hoffstein said by Phil Stilton

that many voters in Jackson came out and voted for Trump and skipped voting for local Republicans on the remainder of the ballot, reminding the council that only 52% of Jackson voters cast a vote for the unopposed Republican council slate. Jackson’s non-partisan form of government did not allow the Jackson Republican slate to be in the Republican column on the ballot. Instead, the municipal and school board elections were detached from the other general election ballot options. Typically down ballot apathy is common during presidential election years, additionally,a portion of that anomaly could be attributed to ballot location. “It means 48% didn’t vote for you guys,” he told the council. “By the way, the Democratic party got 0% of the votes here.” Hoffstein told the council that the election results show that raising the most money doesn’t always translate into votes. Despite having no opposition, the Republican slate raised $41,000 in campaign funds. The team was not publicly visible throughout the election cycle, hosting no public outreach events, meet and greets or town hall type events. It was a lost opportunity for local Republicans who instead chose to ride in the dining car along the entire route of the “Trump Train”. “The Presidential election was won by a person who had a message and was a messenger, the question is, what is your message?” he asked the council. “It is my opinion that the first

“Raising money doesn’t always translate into votes” change we should make is vote to get rid of the establishment and make the appointment of a new township attorney from a different firm who has no conflicts of interest.” Residents in attendance applauded Dr. Hoffstein, but the council did not respond to any of his statements, instead sat blankly until the next speaker took the microphone. Jackson’s lower than average performance at the polls in Ocean County could have also been voter backlash by the council’s unwillingness to openly support Trump early on. Councilman Rob Nixon, a political lobbyist by trade, according to federal campaign filings pledged $2,700 to Jeb Bush’s campaign, showing support for the Republican establishment candidate. Jackson was also behind the rest of the county in their support for the GOP ticket, finally officially endorsing Trump after the second county nominating convention according to club members.

“48% of Jackson did not vote for you guys.”

This Space Left Intentionally Blank After being informed the township council of Jackson feels JTOWN Magazine is biased against them, we offered the council candidates who won this past November election to present their long term plan for the township to our readers. The council declined the offer. This notice will remain in each future issue of JTOWN Magazine to remind the council that the offer is always open to them.

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TOWN HALL INSIDER

Outgoing Zoning Board Member Endorses Walker Despite Political Backlash

by Phil Stilton Longtime Jackson Republican Club member and eight year member of the zoning board in Jackson Township John Burrows had some parting words for the people of Jackson Township and the township council after he resigned from the board. Burrows told the township council he had moved to Red Bank. He criticized Jackson residents who regularly converse about local political affairs on various Facebook pages and offer opinions, ideas and sometimes criticisms of the township government. “I wanted to thank you for the nonsense you put up with on Facebook,” Burrows said. “I know there’s a lot of internet trolls that have nothing better to do but waste their time. None of them are human enough to do anything about it, just waste everybody’s time.” Burrows was responding to comments made after local resident Rae Ann Walker told the community she would like to

“There’s some people who have proven themselves and want to volunteer and make a difference.” -John Burrows replace Burrows on the zoning board. Walker has been a community advocate for years, after getting involved in local planning and zoning matters when her neighborhood’s quality of

life was negatively impacted after a landscaping business began violating their variances. Forces are strong against Walker’s appointment. She has been an open critic of the current council and administration and is active on the Jackson Watchdog Facebook pages. In order for her to get the nomination, she would need to convince the mayor and 3 out of 5 council Republicans that she is the one for the job. Despite Jackson officially being a non-partisan town, party politics plays a major role in almost every decision the township council makes when it comes to appointments. Walker could have the support of Council President Ken Bressi, an item of contention amongst local Republicans. Some residents told Walker that because she is not a member in good standing with the Jackson Republican Club and that she has publicly butted heads with the township, she would never be considered for the position. It is unlikely that Walker will receive the appointment. Many Jackson GOP leaders made their stance on Walker public, some saying that she has never been supportive of the local Republican club and that she never will be. “A lot of these people are cowards and none of them have any ability. All they can do is post stuff from their knotty pine bedroom somewhere where they’re hiding,” Burrows added. “They’re cowards, they’re all cowards. I have threatened them and I threaten anyone.” Burrows said he has resigned from the zoning board and quit the Jackson Republican Club. “I’m resigning from the board, I’m done with the club, I’m moving,” He said frustratingly. He broke ranks with his fellow Republicans and declared his support for Walker. “I have to endorse Rae Ann, I love Rae Ann” Burrows said. “There’s some people who have proven themselves and want to volunteer and make a differ-

ence.” Burrows also took a shot at members of the zoning board, claiming some do not properly research and investigate matters before them. “You need people who will put the effort in, and not just open their packets on the night of the meeting,” he added.

“I agree,” Councilman Robert Nixon said. “I think Rae Ann is one of those people. I think she’s the one for the job,” Burrows added. Nixon did not agree. Nixon thanked Burrows for his service to the township, but said he could not allow a township council meeting to be used to lobby for public positions. Earlier in the meeting, another Jackson GOP club member expressed frustrations with the council and local Republican club. Rae Ann Walker (L) with Councilman Ken Bressi at an event for Bressi’s Veterans Memorial Garden last October.

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TOWN HALL INSIDER Township Rips Out Cable, Sprinklers after Homeowner Complained About Road

Joe Laplaca, a resident of Whitecomb Street in Jackson expressed his frustration to the Jackson Township Council after he claims the Department of Public Works caused damage to his property. “I was present at the last meeting and again in attendance about my road conditions,” LaPlaca told the council. “My road now has a bigger problem

and I advised DPW of my underground utilities. DPW called for a mark out and they didn’t dig any test holes. They graded the road and ripped through my cable line on Friday afternoon and on Saturday the cable company ran a temporary line from the pole to a tree on my property and then spliced.” The damage led to bigger problems for LaPlaca. He said

Zoning Officer Pulls Loose Threads on Seamstress

Jackson Township came down hard on a retired Polish seamstress who was using her garage to make flags for girl scouts and draperies for her family, according to official zoning board meeting minutes. She was shut down by the township. Teresa Wierciszewska, 68, of Bethel Church Road had applied to the zoning board to convert a portion of her garage into a hobby area, but was denied by the board. Township zoning officer Jeff Purpuro claimed Wierciszewska made those alterations and is now conducting a for-profit business out of the garage. Wierciszewska who does not speak English, retired as a seamstress nearly two years ago and continues her trade as a hobby out of her garage, which

Purpuro claimed was an illegally operating home business. She claims she makes flags for charities and uses her craft for friends and family only. She said she made 15 flags for the girl scouts and makes tablecloths for children in school. “I have four children and made all their draperies,” she said through her daughter Urszula who translated. “I received professional sewing machines from my former employer. I am going to Poland in 3 months, I don’t want a business.” She said people who bring her items to create and fix bring in their own materials and materials for the flags were donated to her. Purpuro visited the residence in July, according to township records and he observed two

he now has to repair his lawn, his sprinkler system and cable service out of his own pocket after the damage caused by the township road crew. “I am on the schedule for repair and will have to fix my lawn, hire a sprinkler company for repair and hire someone to work under my deck for a footing through the other side because their machine won’t go under my deck,” he asked the council. “Who do I speak to about reimbursement?” LaPlacca said Department of Works Public Director Fred Rasciewicz said the existing cable line wasn’t deep enough under the ground. Council President Nixon recommended LaPlaca speak to Business Administrator Schlegel and requested copies of his information. “If it was property damage caused by us, we would go through our insurance company or do the repairs,” Nixon said. Council President Nixon advised there will be no commitment made and further research was needed.

Township attorney Jean Cipriani advised LaPlaca that he needs to make the claim in writing and inform her of any problems that might flow from the initial damage and written estimates from contractors. Mr. LaPlaca advised the damages won’t be known until the work is completed. Cipriani advised him to obtain proof of the costs associated with the damages. Mr. LaPlaca felt they should have done the test holes first and Council President Nixon advised the information was given to proceed for his claim. LaPlaca had addressed the township council a month earlier and complained about the condition of his road which is a dirt road covered with asphalt millings. He had been requesting proper maintenance by the township of the road for over one year. LaPlaca had told the council he felt township Engineer Daniel Burke was, “An arrogant, educated man who won’t listen to anyone.” Burke and LaPlaca had disagreed over how the road should be repaired.

adults and 4 to 5 teenage girls present and that he claimed they were engaged in monetary transactions where Wierciszewska was altering what he claimed were “off-the-rack” clothing. Purpuro claimed that people often bring clothing in for alterations during his stake-outs of the residence, but offered the zoning board no proof of transactions or witnesses to corroborate his story. “Purpuro was making assumptions and when she visits she enters in that room as well as her visitors,” daughter Urszula told the board. “It’s easy to make an assumption that it’s a client. She has 4 children and for her family alone there could be 6 cars. ” Purporo insisted Wierciszewska operates a home based business and pushed for her to obtain township permits to continue to do so. Warren Peterson, Wierciszewska’s attorney said his client was found in violation based on hearsay alone. Zoning board member John Suttles told the board when VCR’s were new he would hook them up for many people.

Sometimes he got meals from family and friends and he went to them. He advised it was a hobby and there was no compensation. The township advised that it had not received any complaints about the activity from anyone other than the zoning officer. No neighbors complained. Despite the board attorney and three board members agreeing that it was not a home based business operating out the garage, the board found in favor of the zoning officer in a 4-3 vote. In order to continue doing what she is doing, the township declared Wierciszewska must obtain permits from the township. Prior owners of the property operated a motorcycles sales and repair shop on the premise according to an investigation by JTOWN Magazine, no violations were issued to that business during its years of operations and no complaints were made. Board members tephen Constanzo, John Suttles and Anthony Marano felt Wierciszewska voted against the action against the seamstress.

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TOWN HALL INSIDER Long Overdue, Stalled East Veterans Highway Project is On Again Ocean County officials said the seemingly never ending road safety improvement project along the length of East Veterans Highway may finally start up again after a nearly year long shut down. The gears are slowly creaking along for the final 2.5 mile stretch that goes from Whitesville Road to Siena Drive. Funded in February of 2015, the $2.9 million project is the sixth and final phase of a project that began back in 2009. The project’s latest stall was due to Governor Chris Christie’s summer long road statewide road construction shut down showdown over the 23% gas tax increase, although it little progress had been made on the project in the year prior. County officials estimated

the project is just 10% complete at this time. It wasn’t the first time the project was stalled over political grievances. In 2013, another portion of the project near Bennetts Mills Road was stalled when Freeholder Jack Kelly put the brakes on the project after Jackson police officers cited safety violations in traffic management by county workers. That political showdown between the township and the county ended after a six month standoff. C.J. Hesse Construction was awarded the project. The project was fast tracked after several years of the road

leading the county in annual roadway fatalities, but then stalled after Hurricane Sandy while county crews were diverted to the coastal areas to help with the federally funded cleanup projects. The remaining portion of the road will be repaved and some tight corners will banked, including near Bowman Road and

between Whitesville and Cleveland Court, according to the county. Wider shoulders will be added in some areas. Over the years, several traffic safety devices had been installed, which led to a near immediate reduction in serious crashes including speed indicators and a traffic light at Butterfly Road.

Chanukah Celebration Hosted by Jackson Chabad In what promises to be a most memorable event, Chabad of Jackson will be hosting a community Chanukah celebration on Sunday, December 25 4:00pm at their center, 645 Cross St. No affiliation or registration is required, and community members are encouraged to bring along their friends. The event’s program is focused around community building, offering entertaining activities including Chanukah crafts, donut making, game shows, and “guess the Dreidel pot”. Traditional Chanukah foods – latkes, donuts, etc. will be served alongside appetizing Hors D’oeuvres, accompanied by live Chanukah music. “The story of Chanukah is about freedom from religious oppression,” says Rabbi Shmuel Naparstek, Director at Chabad of Jackson - a reference to the Jewish victory over the Hellenist Greeks in the 2nd century BCE. “We are blessed to live in a country where

religious freedom is not only tolerated, but is an underlying principle of our constitution. This is an opportunity to celebrate that freedom in the best possible fashion”. The holiday of Chanukah is closely associated with the miracle of the Temple Menorah, when the one remaining flask of oil miraculously lasted eight nights. Candles are lit each night of Chanukah to commemorate this miracle, and traditional oily foods are eaten. At this Chanukah celebration, the Menorah lighting is stepped up a notch: A large, 6-ft Menorah will be lit on the main street, spreading the light of Chanukah to all passersby. “Chanukah is the perfect time to come together as a community,” says Rabbi Naparstek. “We’re celebrating our Jewish identity, our Jewish history. What better way to commemorate our nation’s past victories than by uniting together today.”

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TOWN HALL INSIDER

Council Sets 5 Puppy Limit for Private Dog Breeders

Earlier this month, the Jackson Township council unanimously passed an ordinance that will affect private dog breeders in the township. Prior to the ordinance’s passing, breeders who bred and sold 10 or less dogs or cats per year were exempt

from having to obtain a kennel license and going through the expensive process of acquiring zoning and planning board approvals. Now, anyone who breeds and sells more than 5 dogs or cats per year or cares for that many

with financial gain will be required to register as a licensed kennel or breeder. Pet shops, which go through more rigorous licensing and regulation are exempt from this local ordinance. Small breeders and those who breed and sell more 5 dogs or cats in a commercial setting from their homes will now have to apply for a kennel license under the new ordinance. Under the ordinance, no application for a license would accepted by the township clerk until such time as the applicant has received variance approval, if required, or such other approval, if required, from the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Planning Board meaning the applicants must retain lawyers and submit blueprints and plans to the township if such a use is not permitted in their current zone. A license fee paid to the township will be required at an annual cost of $100. Those who violate the ordinance could be subject to up to a $500 fine. Establishments that sell or

shelter rescued animals are also exempt from this ordinance. At the council meeting, no members of the public spoke in favor or against this ordinance and the township council provided no comment. After learning of the decision online, some residents voiced their concerns. “How much more demented could this decision be? The problem is large scale money breeders and irresponsible owners,” said Carol Hoffman. “Soon there will be no purebred dog breeds bred by responsible people. All that will be left are the multitude of mixed breed accidental breedings by negligent dog owners.” “What anti-breeding fanatic got into the pocket of this township council,” asked Amy Peterson. “You can bet they are after one breeder but to get to that breeder they are going after all of them,” said Linda Smith. “Libby Williams is the animal activist behind all the attacks on dog breeders.”

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EATING OUT FOOD & DINING

Cornerstone Kitchen & Tap Named on Top 10 Hottest Restaurants List in NJ The Star Ledger, New Jersey’s leading newspaper named Jackson’s very own Cornerstone Kitchen & Tap as one of the state’s top 10 hottest places to eat this month. “Jackson just isn’t Great Adventure. This sprawling town has a nice little culinary scene happening, and its hub is the Jackson Crossing shopping center, which features the new Cornerstone Kitchen & Tap (area residents will know this location from previous eateries The Stadium and 21 South),” the Ledger wrote about the new restaurant. “The bar at Cornerstone is all about craft beers with everything from Ohio’s Elliot Ness to New Jersey’s Kane on tap.” The restaurant is owned by Justin and Angel Hatch and is not affiliated in any way with the previous tenants. Angel Hatch said many area residents routinely drive out of Ocean County, to places like Howell, Red Bank, Manalapan and Freehold to experience a different kind of meal. While Jackson has its share of diners and pizzerias, the town has for many years lacked food diversity and didn’t have a restaurant quite like Cornerstone Kitchen and Tap. The Hatches refer to their menu as “Elevated Simplici-

ty”, simple, comfort style food items with a different twist, combining fresh and locally grown ingredients. “Our food is elevated bar food, said Executive Chef Salvatore Capobianco. Capobianco, a Jackson native, ran kitchens in New York City and Red Bank before returning home to Jackson. CKT is known mostly for its burgers, sriracha lime chicken wings and their BLT-OMG! “We give our customers fresh, made to order food that is seasonally and locally produced,” Angel Hatch said. The restaurant also has a full craft beer selection with over 28 beers on tap and a cocktail menu that includes seasonal

drinks. “We construct our cocktails from scratch,” GM Kevin Hunt said. “Nothing is pre-made.” CKT also likes to show off their Jersey pride, with craft beers available from six New Jersey based breweries on tap. For the kids, there are $6 kids meals that include pasta with noodles, pasta marinara, grilled cheese w/ fries, chicken tenders w/ fries and sliders w/fries. If you plan to watch a football game at CKT, their small plates take the concept of bar food to a level John Taffer would be proud of. Maple-bourbon pork belly with sweet and sour cherries and a Guinness mustard sauce pairs well with your favorite beer. There’s Hawaiian style shashimi tuna, topless beef sliders, littleneck clams and Mexican street corn with chili lime butter. For the quick fixes, their wings and fried pickles are family favorites. Where else in Jackson can you enjoy a ripper dog with stout mustard and beer cheese, served on a pretzel bun, paired with your favorite craft beer on top? The Hatches want to invite the Jackson community to come out and enjoy their brand of “Elevated Simplicity” without the long drive out of town. Don’t miss their ugly sweater parter on December 21st that includes an all-night happy hour, prizes and giveaways. CKT is located at 21 South Hope Chapel Road in the Jackson Crossing plaza.

Legalize Marinara Peter Como, owner of Mona Lisa Pizza in Jackson has been on a mission since he opened his pizzeria, to legalize marina. Como serves his Staten Island influence brand of Italian food every day, served with his family marina recipe. His restaurant is like a place right from the old block where everyone is treated like their part of his extended family. Como’s pizza was chosen as “Best Pizza in Jackson” in our last public contest, but his menu goes far beyond pizza. Peter lists his daily specials on his Facebook page and allows online ordering. He doesn’t make subs, but Staten Island “heros”, both hot and cold. Mona Lisa is located on Countyline Road in the Cooksbridge Commons plaza.

These Ain’t No Dunking Donuts Have you ever heard of the Village Donut Shop in Jackson? Next time you’re out in the Cassville area, early in the morning, you might want to make yourself aware. These ain’t no dunking donuts, they freshmade every day by Sal Vigilante for over 16 years. He opens at 5 am and closes at 11 am, or when he runs out, whichever comes first. The Village Donut Shop is located on Route 571 in Cassville, west of the Cassville Tavern.

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BUSINESS BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Karate Dojo Celebrating 10 Years as Jackson’s Martial Arts "Go To" School For a decade now, the Karate Dojo, owned by father and son duo Eric and Paul Alders has been a constant at the ever changing Jackson Crossing Plaza. The school teaches its own brand of fusion based martial arts, a system developed by Master Eric Alders. The dojo opened their doors for on January 4, 2007. This year will be their tenth anniversary and they are celebrating with an awards banquet on January 15th at the Versailles Ballroom - Ramada in Toms River. Alders, a Toms River resident said he was drawn to the location. “I didn’t want to own a business in the same town that I lived in,” he said. “Also, I grew up in Howell so I knew Jackson very well. One day I was driving on Hope Chapel and saw the sign for Jackson Crossing being built and the trees all cleared out with nothing built yet. It was a life long dream to open and felt a gut reaction to write down the phone number. I told my dad about it, we made the call, had an appointment with Vito [Cardinale] and the rest is history. That’s the shorter story and can go into more detail if needed.” When they opened, they were the first tenant in Jackson Crossings to open. It was winter so it was a challenging start

but built they up their name and reputation month by month. “We pride ourselves in having a family atmosphere, maintaining a clean environment, giving back to our community and teaching the highest quality of martial arts,” Alders said. “Over the last 10 years we have actively participated in a variety of town events such as Jackson Day, St. Al’s Carnival, National Night Out and more. We have actively hosted a variety of successful charitable events such as our Thanksgiving Basket Brigade where we have raised tens of thousands of dollars to help feed needy families, volunteering at The People’s Pantry in Toms River, Raised money for St. Judes Children’s Hospital, March of Dimes, Raised $10K for FPIES (a protein disorder/ allergy), and setup our facility as a drop off point during hurricane Sandy to name a few.” So, whhat separates tkdojo from your competitors? “I believe the main thing that separates us is are consistent push to always strive to be better, to provide a higher quality to our students and to give them more value. A majority of the schools in Jackson and surrounding towns focus on teaching only one style of martial arts,” he added. “We teach a mixture of 6 martial art styles at our school. We are the only school in Jackson where you can earn two separate Black Belts at one location, our elite system of

Yuugou Ryu (Fusion System) and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Our system provides the most well rounded, comprehensive martial arts training around. I personally train the instructors that I put on the mat when I’m not teaching and for our BJJ program we have an IBJJF certified black belt instructor. We have a certified BJJ Program through BJJ Shore Academy under 3rd Degree Black Belt Bill Scott and we are the only Certified American Top Team MMA school in the entire state of NJ.” Over the years, the Alders have maintained a family business type atmosphere in an industry dominated by franchises and ‘brand’ name schools. “Being a family business allows us to really connect with our customers. We welcome them to our dojo like they are entering our home,” he said. “ We get to know everyones name: The students, the parents, the grandparents and so on. We truly care for each and every one of our students and learn about them individually to help bring out the best in each one of them. It’s not just about business to us.” Martial Arts education is about the lifestyle. Showing their students how to be their best in every aspect of their life. Teaching them that passing and failing is a part of life and not everyone gets a trophy. The family atmosphere helps people feel more comfortable to train and allows a safe environment for all ages, backgrounds and sexes. The Dojo is an American Top Team of Jackson, NJ and BJJ Shore Academy of Jackson, NJ. “These two affiliations are very important to me and my students,” Alders added. “ATT is the largest and most decorated

MMA team on the planet. The are headquartered in Coconut Creek, Florida and run by Head Instructor Master Ricardo Liborio, who is a very good friend of mine.” In ten years in business, Alders has watched many of his students grow from toddlers to young adults. “It doesn’t make me feel old it makes me feel incredibly proud and honored to play the role I have here, he said. “In addition to being and instructor, I’m the instructor of the instructors so to speak. I constantly teach and guide them on every aspect of our school from the business and marketing end to how to teach the best classes and how to guide students in life.” “Even from the beginning, I taught all the classes but knew I had to establish a group of assistants and then fellow instructors eventually,” he said. “So I put programs and training in place such as our Assistant Instructor program, where I educated students over a 2 hour seminar on the ins/outs of helping me teach a class or leading parts (like a warm up) themselves.” This leadership program helped Alders to establish a system of responsibility where he grew the team from the bottom up. “It took years to reach the level I’m at and along the way we have had instructors move on to new journeys in their life,” he said. “Their absence however allowed new team members to step up in responsibility. So when it works out, especially with the team I have know. It makes me extremely proud that I have staff that is respected and appreciated as much as I am.”

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BUSINESS HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN JACKSON

Last M i n u t e

Shopping

In Jackson

If you find yourself running behind as the holidays near, don’t panic because you can find something you’re looking for almost anyone right here in Jackson. From gift cards to gifts, from toys and games to pampering for the ladies. You don’t have to drive around shopping mall parking lots for hours, fighting crowds and traffic. Let your shopping experience be calm and rewarding right here in Jackson.

GIFT CARDS

Everyone loves gift cards and most of all, nobody will ever ask you for a gift receipt. Most of the chain drug stores sell every kind of national brand gift card you could ask for. You can also buy gift cards at the local gyms, restaurants and more.

DAY SPA

Pamper the women in your life with day spa at Butterflies Salon and Spa. Butterflies offers everything from basic hair services to massages, facial services and “Day of Beauty” packages.

THE WHITE BUTTERFLY

Jackson’s favorite gift shop lets you think big, but shop small with everything from gifts to jewelry, fashion items and home decor. Looking for what’s new and trendy? This is your spot.

JACKSON HOBBY SHOP

The Jackson Hobby Shop is what would happen if every little boy in Jackson designed a store. They have toys, models, train sets, arts and crafts and much more. Opened in 1969, Jackson Hobby Shop was Jackson’s first hobby shop. It’s kind of what Santa’s workshop would look like.

GYM MEMBERSHIPS

Give your loved one a head start on gym memberships at the Jackson area’s two favorite workout places, Meridian Fitness and Wellness and CentraState Fitness and Wellness.

PAMPER YOUR PET

Know somebody with pets that need pampering? Check out Sassy Sudz mobile grooming. They come to your house and give your pets the royal treatment.

CUSTOM T-SHIRT

You can go to the mall and buy a cheap overpriced coffee mug for the pile or you can have a local t-shirt company, On the Spot Graphics design you a professional feeling one-of-a-kind t-shirt. Call On the Spot in advance to make sure your order is ready for the big day.

‘Tis the Season for local flavors

Unwind after a busy day shopping at Farley’s Ice Cream where John Burnetsky offers his holiday flavor trio of peppermint stick, frozen hot chocolate and egg nog ice cream flavors. Want a treat to take home? Check out his Santa Hat, made with homemade vanilla ice cream, dipped in cherry and topped off with whipped cream.

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POLICE AND FIRE NEWS Jackson Police Safely Diffuse Suicide by Cop Situation It’s a story you won’t find in mainstream media or going viral on the Internet, because the outcome was a good one. Jackson police officers safely deescalated a confrontation that could have turned deadly. If it did, you would have known about it by now. On Sunday morning, December 4th, at around 5am, Jackson Police Officer Michael Morizio responded to the area of Woodside Avenue near Lake Enno on the report of a male subject wearing a ski mask and wielding a large knife. The officer arrived on scene and made contact with the subject matching the description provided at which time the male brandished a large kitchen knife. The officer then ordered the male at gunpoint to drop the knife as additional officers arrived on scene. The officer then negotiated with the male as he refused to drop the knife and made multiple statements requesting that the officers shoot him. After approximately 20 minutes, the male complied and dropped the knife and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. No charges are planned for this incident.

Jackson Police Announce Summer Helmet Safety Winners by Steve Laskiewicz, JPD

On behalf of the Jackson Police Department, Farley’s Ice Cream and the Jackson PBA Local 168, we would like to congratulate 13 year old Aria Johnson and 9 year old Jayden Robinson for being the two winners in the 2016 Jackson Police Safety Citation Program. For the past 6 months or so, Jackson Police Officers “issued” hundreds of Safety Citations to young individuals throughout Jackson. After being “issued” their citation, the individual brings their copy to Farley’s Ice Cream where they are awarded a free ice cream and have their name put in for the grand prize, a new bicycle. Yesterday, John Burnetsky, owner of Farley’s Ice Cream, drew the two winning tickets. The Jackson Police would like to thank John Burnetsky and the rest of the Farley’s Ice Cream family for supporting this program and the Jackson PBA for purchasing the two new bicycles. The 2016 program was run by Sgt Christopher Parise. Pictured: (left to right) Officer Wes Thomason, Sgt Christopher the vehicle, a search was later Parise, John Burnetsky and Joseph Candido (PBA President). conducted which resulted in the recovery of marijuana, a scale and a BB gun which resembled a realistic handgun and had an orange tip which had been painted black. The driver was identified as Larry Crippen, age 18 of Jackson. He was charged with: obstruction, hindering apprehension, possession of marijuana (under 50 grams), possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a firearm, driving while suspended and possession of a controlled dangerous substance while operating a motor vehicle. In addition to the existing warrant, bail was set at $15,000/full and he was later lodged in the Ocean County Jail. The passenger was identified as Nygere Jackson, age 18 of Jackson. He was released after posting bail on the Howell warrant. The female was issued a summons for allowing a suspended driver to operate a vehicle and later released. Officers Robert Reiff, Brad Reider and Wes Thomason assisted.

Men Waiting in Courtroom Parking Lot with Marijuana, BB Gun Charged Police Officer William Colangelo was on duty as the court officer when he encountered a female who began acting suspiciously as she attempted to enter the court. The officer followed the female outside where she approached a vehicle occupied by two males as it entered the parking lot. He then stopped to speak with the driver after observing motor vehicle violations. The male driver quickly exited the vehicle and refused to follow the officer’s directions to stay seated in the vehicle as it appeared as though he was going to attempt to flee. A short struggle ensued as additional officers exited headquarters to assist. During the investigation, it was discovered that the male driver provided the officer with a false name in an attempt to conceal his identity as his driver’s license was suspended and there was an outstanding arrest warrant out of Jackson for him. The male passenger was also discovered to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Howell. After detecting the odor of marijuana present in

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Sgt. Eddie Bennett Retires from the Jackson Police Dept. On Thursday December 8, 2016, the members of the Jackson Police Department proudly came together for a walkout ceremony for Sergeant Ed “Eddie” Bennett and to give him his

last lights and siren patrol ride around the Justice Complex and Town Hall after more than 30 years in law enforcement. Sgt. Bennett began his law enforcement career as a seasonal officer with the Seaside Heights Police Department in 1984 and was then hired as an inspector with the New Jersey State Police Alcohol Beverage Control where he worked undercover

operations. He then worked briefly as a corrections officer with the New Jersey Department of Corrections before being hired by the Jackson Police Department in 1991. Sgt. Bennett worked as a patrol officer before being promoted to the rank of sergeant where he served as a supervisor on the afternoon and day shifts. He served on the department’s Special Response Team as an operator, breacher and hostage negotiator and also as a DARE Instructor where he organized and helped build the department’s award winning DARE car. He was involved in several programs within the agency such as the bicycle helmet citation program for children, teaching a self defense course in the Jackson schools and in the department’s annual Christmas toy drive. Sgt. Bennett has also served as an instructor at the Ocean County Police Academy since 1991 where he has instructed

new recruits in multiple topics such as defensive tactics, ground fighting, knife defense, chemical agents, PR 24 use and handcuffing.

Throughout his career, Sgt. Bennett was dedicated to working hard to portray law enforcement in a positive way and in mentoring new officers.

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ENTERTAINMENT LOCAL MUSIC SCENE

Jackson Band Spotlight An Interview with

the

Walk Arounds

In our first local band spotlight, we interview The Walk Arounds, who began like most bands, in a basement with some instruments and a dream. Who are the Walk Arounds? Tell us a little about the band members and what the name of the band means. The Walk Arounds are Donavan Evans as the leader singer and lead guitarist, Aidan Alverson as the drummer, Jonah Resnick as the backup singer and bass guitarist, and Will Kilgour as the rhythm guitarist. The Walk Arounds stands as a metaphor towards life as we roam around and take in our experiences, there’s nothing that could bring us down, we continue to walk around. Tell us the brief history of your band. The band started off with just Aidan and Donavan, in Aidan’s basement. They both started off taking lessons, and didn’t know much about playing music. They smashed around and made noise. Although a little rough around the edges, to them it was the best thing they ever did. Throughout the course of their development as a band, members came and went, until recently when everything came together and they formed a substantial group.

to play these days in front of a local audience?There’s no legitimate places to play professional music in Jackson, we’ve gained a lot of experience from doing talent shows and other performances for Jackson Liberty. The real venues are outside of Jackson, including places like Asbury, What genre would you Seaside, and Freehold. classify your band as and great bands, will be playing why? The Walk Arounds Where can we download in Asbury at the Saint on Deconsiders themselves as a or listen to your music? cember 18th at 12:45 pm. It Grunge/Punk-Alternative You can find our new EP would greatly support all of band. Their sound varies on SoundCloud, called: “Re- the performing bands for evfrom heavy to soft, and con- suscitated”. The link to our ery person who comes. You sists of catchy, deep lyrics. To soundcloud can be found on can buy tickets online for $12 compare The Walk Arounds our Facebook or Instagram or at the door for $15. @thewalkaroundsto any other band is difficult pages because their sound is so band. What does the future hold original and unique. for you as a band and inWhat’s your outlook on Are the members of the dividuals? Planning on band members of any the record industry today? staying together after high Record labels today aren’t school band type groups or school? Going to colfunctions? If so how does what they used to be, but as lege? a band we try our hardest to that help you? Jonah is a The band is sticking togethmember of the Jackson Lib- push for our own sound and er for the sake of writing promote ourselves. erty Marching Band, and Jazz music, enjoyment of others, Band. Jonah, Donavan, and and pursuing their passion. How does music affect Aidan have all been taking They’ll take the future as it music lessons for a few years, you and the world around come, as long as they keep you? The Walk Arounds see and it has improved their skill music as a lifestyle. They see playing music. as well-rounded musicians. it as a form of self-expresHow is it these days for a sion, a way of conveying high school based band to strong emotion, and a way of get noticed at regional bars connecting people on a large and clubs to book gigs?I t’s scale. difficult to find a gig at first, but as you gain more expo- Tell us about your next sure, and put more time and shows and why we should patience into developing your be there. The Walk band, gigs start coming your Arounds, as well as other way. Are you in a local band? Want to be featured in a future Where do a bunch of kids issue of JTOWN Magazine? Email us at in a band in Jackson get news@jacksonnjopnline.com. Who are your musical and non-musical influences? The Walk Arounds take influence from 80’s & 90’s punk and grunge bands such as: Nirvana, Violent Femmes, Foo Fighters, Sex Pistols, Greenday, an Sublime.

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2016 YEAR IN REVIEW It has been an exciting 2016 in Jackson Township with many great accomplishments happening all over town. Here’s our look back at 2016.

Students raised $38,000 through GoFundMe to help Jackson Memorial student Rachel Engle see again, using the money to purchase expensive vision enhancing goggles.

Gianna Isabella Petrone was a finalist on the final season of the hit television show American Idol.

Jackson Memorial’s bowling team was crowned division champions, ending their season with a 31-14 record.

Jackson Memorial won the Group IV Central wrestling Jackson Liberty wrestler Ger- championship. ald Goodman’s act of kindness made a dream come true for an opponent by giving him six minutes on the wrestling mat. His story made sports headlines nationwide.

Susand DeCarlo and Susan Rogalsky, two Jackson moms went to Africa and climbed 20,000 feeet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Jackson Liberty wrestling team finished their season with a 7-0 record against Shore Conference B-South opponents, earning them the 2016 division title with a 16-11 overall record.

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HEALTH AND MEDICINE

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2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

2016 was the year of the no-knock ordinance, crowning the Jackson council’s most prolific legislative action of the year.

After 43 years, Holbrook Little League coach Jim Furlong retired and coached his last game of baseball in 2016.

The McAulliffe Lions boys The Jackson Liberty softball team won the 2016 Ocean County soft- Jackson Township completbaseball team won their di- ball tournament this year, defeating Donovan Catholic 7-6. The Lions ed work on the long awaited vision this spring. started the year winning their first 10 games. public spray park.

Patrick Byrnes completed his Eagle Scout project, a stunning memorial dedicated to the victims of 9/11.

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2016 YEAR IN REVIEW

The McAulliffe Lions girls softball team were crowned champions of the Ocean County blue division under the coaching of Mr. Jim Convery.

Managed by JTOWN editor Phil Stilton, the underdog Auburn Tigers defeated the undefeated Kansas Jayhawks to win the Holbrook Little League softball title.

The Frazier Baseball sponsored team of the Jackson Little League The Holbrook Reds were crowned Holbrook Little League baseball were crowned the 2016 JLL champions. champions for the second consecutive year under Art Bonitz.

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SPORTS YOUTH SPORTS

D12 Large Crowned National Cheer Champs Five years in the making, the Jackson Youth Football and Cheer D12 large squad was crowned national cheer grand champions this month in Orlando, Florida. Led by coach Susan Fortunato, the squad trained all year long and was undefeated in all of their competition. “We can, we did, end of the story,” Fortunato said. “That was our slogan all year, and they did. That’s what’s on the back of their championship jackets.” For two other squads in the program, the year ended with a second place finish at nationals. The D14 squad, led by Lisa Rosenthal finished in second in their division. “This time has really come a long way,” Rosenthal said. “They hit a perfect routine and scored well, tacking second.” The third Jackson qualifier at nationals was the 8u squad. “This is the first year this team is competing and they walked away with a second place finish,” Fortunato said. For the D14 team, for many, this is their last year before they move on to high school cheer, while the D8 and D12 teams will soon be back to work, preparing for another chance to become national YFC cheer champions in 2017.

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