JTOWN Magazine May 2015

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KNEE PAIN TREATMENT MAKES Hundreds of Jersey Shore Knee Pain sufferers choose arthritis pain - doctors office swarmed for FDA cleared




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JACKSON COMPANY FACING DEP VIOLATIONS AFTER SUPERSTORM SANDY DREDGE MATERIAL STORED ALONG JACKSON STREAM Site of the Mantoloking Bridge near where Bil-Jim operated a dredging operation after Hurricane Sandy. Photo by State of NJ.

has applied for flood hazard permits to Land Use Regulation. The application is still under review for changes they made to flood hazard area and storm water management on site. After large debris was removed from the northern end of the Barnegat Bay, Bil-Jim was awarded the job of dredging the bay under the politically contentious AshBritt contract. AshBritt was awarded a $100 million no-bid contract to clean New Jersey’s waterways after the storm. by Phil Stilton A Jackson company on the receiving end of federal funding to dredge sand and debris from the Barnegat Bay in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is facing environmental pressure from the township of Jackson and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). CDR-Whitesville, located on Whitesville Road is an open-pit sand mining operation affiliated with Bil-Jim Construction. Amidst complaints from the township and local residents, the company is under fire from the DEP over their storage of Barnegat Bay dredge material stored on the site in the aftermath of the storm. In November, the company received a notice of violation from the DEP after a large pile of dredge material trucked to Jackson by BilJim ran off into a nearby waterway. The DEP issued a warning to the company that a failure to comply with the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act could result in legal action against the business by the Office of the Attorney General. DEP spokesperson Bob Considine said the material dredged from the Barnegat Bay were tested by DEP officials prior to being transported to Jackson from the barrier island. “DEP’s Coastal & Land Use Enforcement division issued a violation for non-compliance with a flood hazard permit for the site, and the placement of the dredge material piles too close to a stream



on site that resulted in the dredge material eroding and running off the piles during rain events and silting in the stream,” Considine said. “The dredge material did come from Barnegat Bay and was tested prior to transport to the site. The material met DEP’s residential soil remediation standards.” To remedy the complaint, the company moved dredge piles further away from the stream and installed additional silt fence barriers around the piles so they would not erode further into the stream and flood hazard area. In May of 2014, the DEP met with Ian Borden of Professional Design Services, representing CDR. The DEP notified Borden that the company had also placed unauthorized structures within the protected stream corridor which had negatively affected the drainage of the environmentally sensitive area. In total, 77,000 square feet of the flood hazard buffer zone had been disturbed. Despite the dredge material being relocated elsewhere on the property, the DEP contends that CDR did not remedy the damage to the stream. “A recent investigation found that the violations remain and have not been addressed,” a letter to the company from the DEP stated. That letter was the DEP’s final notice to CDR to apply for the proper permits and to restore the affected site to its per-disturbance condition. Since the violation, the company

Bil Jim was tasked as a subcontract with replenishing beach sand and dredging the northern end of the Barnegat Bay. Bil-Jim was one of 51 companies which received contract work from AshBritt after Hurricane Sandy. JR Custom Landscaping, another Jackson based business was also hired by AshBritt. JR Custom Landscaping trucked debris from the barrier island to FEMA monitored transfer sites in Brick and Toms River. If not remedied, Considine said CDR can face fines of up to $25,000 per day.

The gates at the proposed Johnson Park site were locked and closed after the NJ DEP intervened. Photo by Phil Stilton

GARDEN OF HOPE LOOKING FOR NEW HOME DUE TO DEP RULES A few days after an erroneous report in the Jackson Times newspaper announced a “three acre playground” described as the Jackson Garden of Hope, organizer Bill Valentine said complaints started coming in from concerned neighbors in the Westlake gated community adjacent to the site. Valentine sought to correct the error through his group’s Facebook page, but by the time the newspaper issued a retraction, the New Jersey Department of Environmental effectively shut the project down. The DEP’s concerns originated from the site’s location above the former Jackson landfill. Without the financial resources to apply for permits with the DEP,

Valentine said the group will simply search for a new, more suitable location. One location, according to Valentine was a clearing at the Jackson Soccer Club’s facility on Jackson Mills Road, near the township recycling station. “I proposed it to the township and they have agreed,” Valentine said. “It’s a little rough, just like Johnson Park was, but with all of our green thumbs we will make it beautiful.” The scheduled grand opening and construction events have been canceled and Valentine said he will post updates on his Jackson’s Garden of Hope Facebook page.



MOB WIVES’ BIG ANG AIN’T NO BROOKLYN SQUARE ABC: Reality TV Star’s Planned Jackson Wine Event Was In Violation of NJ Liquor Law Earlier this year, alcohol enforcement agents from New Jersey’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Agency (ABC) conducted an enforcement action at Brooklyn Square Pizza ahead of a planned promotional event at the restaurant the following night. The restaurant was planning on hosting a wine themed event with convicted felon, television reality star Angela Raiola. Raiola, known as “Big Ang” in the reality television show Mob Wives was in Jackson promoting her wine brand, Big Ang Wines. The ABC said it advised the owner of the restaurant that the event, as planned was in violation of New Jersey liquor laws. Advertising for the event promoted a $30 cover charge for a meet and greet with the reality tv celebrity. The advertisement, but also promised a free bottle of wine, autographed by Raiola. This event advertisement caught the attention of the ABC who put the brakes on the distribution of the autographed bottle of wine at the event, according to owner Peter Grippo. “There was supposed to be a wine signing but that was stopped before the night began,” Grippo said. The day after the event, Raiola Tweeted, “Great time last night at Brooklyn Square in Jackson NJ. The best upside down pizza and the fans were amazing as always. Of course the support of our friends is always a plus.” Although no bottles of wine were sold, patrons at the event said they enjoyed the evening. The ABC would not release any further details of their action in Jackson, but Zach Hosseini, spokesperson for the ABC said, “As a matter of course, we do not confirm or comment on any ongoing investigation.” Hosseini did not disclose whether or not any citations were issued. “It is illegal in New Jersey to sell or serve alcohol without a license. It is also illegal to give away alcohol,”



Hosseini said. Four weeks later, on March 10th, Raiola’s Staten Island restaurant, the Drunken Monkey was shut down by the New York State Liquor Authority. Hosseini did not say whether or not the Jackson intervention was part of the overall investigation into the Mob Wife’s alcohol based business operations. According to New York Law, a convicted felon may not own or be partner in any establishment with a liquor license. New Jersey’s liquor laws are similar, prohibiting convicted felons from operating alcohol related businesses. It is not known if the two actions were coordinated or related to the same investigation. Township records showed that Brooklyn Square Pizza does not possess a liquor license. New Jersey statute 2c:33-27 regulates “Bring Your Own Booze” (BYOB) laws for restaurants in New Jersey, stating, “No person who owns or operates a restaurant, dining room or other public place where food or liquid refreshments are sold or served to the general public, and for which premises a license or permit authorizing the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption has not been issued.” According to The Smoking Gun, Raiola was one of 15 defendants indicted and convicted for distributing cocaine in New York City in 2001. She pleaded guilty in 2003. Since the closing of Raiola’s restaurant and her Jackson runin with the ABC, both her Big Ang Wine pages and Drunken Monkey Restaurant pages have gone silent. The status of both businesses is not currently known.

Who is Big Ang? Star of VH1 Reality Show Mob Wives Owner of Drunken Monkey Restaurant, Staten Island, NY Owner of Big Ang Wines Neice of the late Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi, a captain of the Genovese crime family Arrested in 2001 in mob related cocaine distribution operation Plead guilty to charges in 2003 and sentenced to three years of probation and four months of house arrest




Four environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against Jackson Township, Six Flag Great Adventure, KDC Solar, et al. to challenge the clear cutting of 90 acres of what they claim is environmentally sensitive forest to make way for a solar facility. The groups maintain that a more appropriate location such as Great Adventure’s 100-acre parking lot, buildings, and other structures could have been utilized, as well as a combination of cutting edge technology. The lawsuit, filed by Michele Donato, Esq. on behalf of Clean Water Action, CCDCWA, NJ Conservation Foundation and Save Barnegat Bay, focuses on violations of comprehensive planning required by New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law, and addresses departures from informed decision-making by the Jackson Township Council and the Planning Board. “If a Jackson resident takes down a tree in their own backyard, they have to jump through hoops as the tree removal ordinance is so stringent, but to clear cut 18,000 trees and the application flies through like greased lightning,” said Janet Tauro. The lawsuit contends, “Jackson Township’s Master Plan and land development ordinances have long

LAWSUIT: TOWNSHIP APPROVED 90 ACRE PINELANDS CLEAR CUTTING WITHOUT PROPER HEARINGS AND PROCEDURES contained extensive environmental protections that Township agencies largely ignored in their uninformed haste to allow almost 90 acres of mature forest to be replaced by solar panels. Disregarding the Master Plan, the Township Council rezoned the property to accommodate the solar facility.” “Destroying 90 acres of forested habitat in the internationally renowned Pine Barrens, is a bad idea on its face, but doing so under the guise of an environmentally beneficial project is absurd,” said Alison Mitchell, Policy Director for New Jersey Conservation Foundation. The application by Great Adventure is dated the same day the rezoning became effective. In a departure from standard practice and

in barely a month after the rezoning was adopted, the Planning Board approved the application without a customary report from the Environmental Commission. Based on public documents received in response to public records’ requests, Jackson professional staff did not comment on the substance of the application and the reports of Great Adventure appear to be accepted on face value and without question. There are also irregularities in procedures involving the Environmental Commission, including an improper vote by e-mail. Specific contentions in the lawsuit include: The solar array violates Jackson’s Master Plan’s low intensity recreation zoning and Conservation


by Wendy B. Owen We all know the drill. Our kids grow up and want to get married and we spend every spare cent to make their day as special as possible, never thinking of ourselves. Well, at least one Jackson woman got a heck of a lot more than just a quick “Thanks, Mom!” when DaJuan Williams (L) threw her daughter, Darrielle Duplessiss (R), a grand affair lasting an entire weekend



complete with a rehearsal dinner by the groom’s Mom, Cindy, a blue party, and the Sunday ceremony and reception with fireworks, aerial dancers, and more. Darrielle’s an apple from the same tree it seems because as a “thank you, Mom!” she booked a grand Los Angeles vacation for her Mom, her sister, Danielle Williams (C) (who was also her maid of honor), her new husband Chris, and herself, after returning from their honeymoon.

Darrielle and her new husband Chris planned every minute of the trip which included sitting in on a taping of “Two and a Half Men,” a Universal Studios Tour, a Pandora bracelet, a Swarovski Crystal picture frame, and a shopping spree. Then, they all got tickets to the game show, “Let’s Make a Deal” with Wayne Brady. DaJuan got to see him up close and personal, interacting with people a lot during the commercial breaks, and says he was just as gorgeous and funny off camera as on camera. Then, as if seeing Wayne Brady in person was not enough, DaJuan’s name was called out to be a contestant. A stunned DaJuan had to be pushed by her daughter to get up and go on stage because she just could not believe it was her

Overlay Zone restrictions that permit natural use of land, e.g., golf courses. The Tree Removal Ordinance sets explicit regulations for tree preservation and removal. It requires a survey by a certified land surveyor for any tree clearing over three acres. Based on information received to date, the application violates this ordinance. The Planning Board engineer noted that the subdivision of the property “is impacted by the Conservation Overlay Zone, thus requiring a valid letter of interpretation or permit by NJDEP,” which has not been received. The Planning Board failed to consider the environmental impacts of the deforestation of about 90 acres of mature woodlands. The Planning Board did not comply with the Conservation Overlay requirement for wetlands delineations and permits prior to approval. Little study was given to the impact to threatened species, including the Barred Owl, the Whip-poorwill and the Northern pine snake that use the forest as identified habitat. Other active recreation sites, such as the Philadelphia Eagles Arena and the Rutgers basketball stadium have innovative solar and micro wind generation in their parking lot.

name being called! DaJuan cannot remember everything she said to Wayne, as she was a bit shocked and stunned, but she does remember she had to play the three-box game. One had motor scooters; one had a dining room set. DaJuan looked for guidance from the audience and changed her box choice at the last minute to win a ride-on vacuum. Cue the “wah, wah” music. Luckily, DaJuan did not have to take the ride-on vacuum home, and instead got the consolation prize which should arrive any day now. Even though she did not win a big money prize, DaJuan won the loving daughter sweepstakes, and really, what is worth more than that? DaJuan is just happy being a winner as a Mom, which is a million-dollar prize to the rest of us. Happy Mother’s Day, DaJuan!




In 1979, the year the Department of Education was created by President Jimmy Carter with a budget of $12 billion, at a time when a loaf of bread cost $0.40; a gallon of gas $0.90; and a gallon of milk cost $1.50. Today, the Department of Education has a budget of $71.2 billion, at a time when a loaf of bread costs $2.37; a gallon of gas costs $3.52; and a gallon of milk costs $3.69. All that money, and all that time, and yet, the National Assessment of Education Progress, Long Term Trends reports, shows that the test results of 17-year-olds has remained flat. The latest salvo in this 35-yearlong war of attrition is a new test from a group called the Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The latest in testing follows the tenets of the federal-based Common Core standards, set by a Washington,

D.C. think tank named Achieve, Inc. The non-profit received over $25 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation alone, and has its roots in former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s plan for common standards testing in England. While standards for a nation of 53 million may be easy to enforce, the intelligence of applying the same idea to a nation of 318 million bears scrutiny. New Jersey alone has 8.938 million citizens, many of whom are now facing the task of understanding what PARCC means to their children, their community, and their personal budget. The four-year contractual cost of administering the test alone has been estimated at $108 million and that does not include the additional $13.4 million sent to districts in need of upgrades to even administer the computer-based tests. The final cost will be based upon how many tests are admin-

istered according to David Joye, the director of New Jersey’s Office of Administration and Budget – including tests that are completed by students who fill in test fields with song lyrics, or personal commentary on what they would rather be doing than taking the standardized test. Pearson, the British-based company that has the contract for performing the testing, is in charge of training and site visits to testing centers at a cost of approximately $90,000, according to David Saenz, the spokesperson for the state’s education department. Further, Pearson takes its job even more seriously than just test administration. The company has been monitoring the social media of students in New Jersey to smoke out leaks regarding the test after it has been taken.As reported by Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post on March 14, 2015, Pearson spokesperson Stacy Skelly justified the monitoring of children’s internet activity in an e-mail stating: * The security of a test is critical to ensure fairness for all students and teachers and to ensure that the results of any assessment are trustworthy and valid. * We welcome debate and a variety of opinions. But when test questions or elements are posted publicly to the Internet, we are obligated to alert PARCC states. Any contact with students or decisions about student discipline are handled at the local level.

RESTORATION CONTINUES AT HARMONY CHURCH by Wendy B. Owen Long the subject of haunted tales and Weird NJ articles, the abandoned Harmony Church has found new hope and a new congregation in the good people of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. The Township of Jackson owns the property known as “Historic Harmony Church,” at 69 Harmony Road, and the Township Council decided to green light the restoration and use of the property by Cornerstone, which will have to pay an annual rent to the township of $10,000. The approximate cost of renovations is projected to be $350,000, and CPC will be allowed to show proof of costs in lieu of rent. The lease is for 15 years, with



two additional 10-year renewals. It is all worth it, though, to bring back to life a piece of Jackson history and give the congregation of Cornerstone Presbyterian a permanent home outside of The Christa McAuliffe Middle School. The Gothic structure, accompanying cemetery, and ever-present birds have given rise to ghostly tales, but in reality, it is a charming church with a towering spire above walls with beautiful stained-glass windows. Built in 1870, the church was originally called the Harmony Methodist Episcopal Church, and was last sold for $1.00 on March 11, 1997, to the township. The Methodist Episcopal Church Trust in Lakewood, NJ, still owns the cemetery behind the church.

* We believe that a secure test maintains fairness for every student and the validity, integrity of the test results. Meanwhile, any member of the public can take sample tests at any level on the Pearson website located at http://parcc.pearson.com/ practice-tests/ . Student participation may not be mandatory, but bureaucrats such as the state’s Education Commissioner, David Hespe, are pushing for full cooperation due to the fact that the amount of Federal funds New Jersey will receive is tied to the amount of compliance with the program, as per a letter from the Department of Education assistant secretary Deborah DeLisle. The letter outlines responsibilities and penalties such as the fact that if a state “fails to comply with the assessment requirements in either the ESEA or ESEA flexibility, it could place its Title I, Part A funds in jeopardy.”At the end of the day, the test has accomplished one thing. It has divided Jackson into three camps -- those who are proponents for adapting Federal standards as a way to define the lowest common denominator, those opposed to adapting Federal standards as a breach of the enumerated powers laid out in the U.S. Constitution, and those who are more interested in the travels of Mary Lee, the shore’s 16-foot great white shark, whose Twitter account has yet to weigh in on the debate.


Mary Lee, a 3,400 pound great white shark visited our area on Mother’s Day, coming within 600 feet of the beach north of Lavallette. She is a great white who has been tracked since 2012. After visiting the barrier island, she made her way north up to Long Island on a long journey from the southern coast of Georgia.




What’s in a name... THE HISTORY OF

HOLMANSVILLE Once upon a time, Jackson was known more by the small villages that dotted the Pine Barrens than as the town’s official designation. Although Jackson was incorporated in 1844, for many years after and even today, many locals identified with the names of their nearby villages. Some of those villages were Cassville (formerly Goshen), Whitesville, Leesville and Holmansville. Holmansville is a small village area along East Veterans Highway between Bennetts Mills Road and Whitesville Road. Holmansville’s history began when Lewis and William Holman began purchasing lands in Jackson Township in 1801 on the Maple Root Swamp, the Doves Mill Branch and the North Branch of the Toms River. They built their mills along those streams but built their houses upon the high ground between the streams. This area became known as Holmansville. The progenitor in America of these brothers was Edward Holman who landed in Plymouth, Mass. three years after the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620. Later generation Samuel Holman of Newport, R.I. was one of the original purchasers of the Monmouth Patent in 1667 but it was Robert Holman who first settled in what was then Monmouth County in 1689. Joseph Holman of Upper Freehold, Monmouth County died in 1741 leaving six sons and four

daughters. Lewis and William moved farther south in Monmouth County to establish new homes and farms in what was later to be known as Jackson Township. William Holman bought the lands along the Dove Mill Stream and the North Branch of the Toms River, which included the Albert Hankins old tar kiln and Gibb’s tar kiln. He built his house in a clearing along an old dirt road which led to Van Hiseville and Goshen(Cassville). That dirt road is now East Veterans Highway. The Holmansville schoolhouse, now a private residence.



An open fireplace of native sandstone was built along one wall of this two room, two storied structure. William died in 1835 and his son William occupied the house until 1862. It was his son William who deeded the land across the road from the house for The Holmansville Cemetery, estabthe Holmansville lished circa 1850 is one of the few Presbyterian Church remaining reminders of the former In 1847. Brother Lewis Hol- hamlet. man bought the of Ruben and Mary R. Ayres wife of Maple Root Joel W. Ayers. The house that William built in 1815 is presently the central section of a house which still stands on East Veterans Highway at the entrance to the Forest Resource Education center. The Victorian front section was added about 1868 while the kitchen section in the back was added at a much later date. A later farmhouse was built on the north side of the road and exists on what is now Hummingbird Way. The William Holman farm was a State Quail Farm in the earlier part of the twentieth century and is now the New Jersey Forest Resource Education Center. The Holmansville School still reSwamp, which adjoined some of mains today and is a private resJohn “Peg Leg” Webb’s lands on idence southeast of the Holman Long Swamp, from Andrew Bell family home. The former Holand Francis W. Brinley, Proprietors mansville Presbyterian Church opof East Jersey. He was the first posite the farm is now the Faith owner to till the virgin lands. Webb Bible Church. is credited with the discovery of Today, the only visible remnant the cranberry bogs. of Holmansville is the sign at the Lewis and his wife Jane Truax, Holmansville Cemetery. Portions of daughter of John Truex and Chairty this story were from the historical VanHise (of Cassville) and William accounts written by former Ocean and his wife Sarah are buried in County Historian Polly Miller. the old cemetery at Holmansville along with many of their children and grandchildren. Lewis and Jane Holman had ten children who married into many local families in Jackson Township, while William had six children. At the time of William’s death in 1835 his children were Nehemiah Vernond, John K., William, James W. of Indiana, Catherine Groves, wife





by Nadine Demczyszyn It was standing room only at the Crawford-Rodriguez Elementary School as school staff faced off against a Jackson police and firefighter basketball game. The basketball game took place on April 24th to support AJ Olsen and his courageous fight against Leukemia. In addition to enjoying an action filled game, spectators generously made donations through a bicycle raffle, gift baskets, a refreshment table and bracelet sale.

AJ was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) on September 23, 2014. His current cancer treatments are expected to be on-going for a little more than three years, barring no bumps in the road and along with his parents, Maria and Shaun, AJ has a positive outlook for a successful diagnosis at that time. He is a very happy 2nd grade student at Crawford who pushes himself every day. He’s a strong young boy who makes it all seem effortless as he plays baseball at Holbrook Little League, soccer, and Legos with his siblings Lilly, Nathan andThomas. At AJ’s request, his dad played on the faculty team at the basketball game. There was non-stop action, with the crowd screaming in support of their school and AJ, right to the last buzzer which ended the game with a 51-48 Crawford faculty win against the Jackson Police/Fire team.


Caterina was born on January 15, 2002. Caterina’s first two years of life were fairly unremarkable and not plagued with any health issues. By the age of 3, Caterina began to experience high fevers and seizures. Shortly there after, she started having swelling of her joints and rashes all over her body. The swelling would become so severe that it caused some lack of mobility. As Caterina’s



condition progressed, it caused her greater pain. Caterina was then diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Although it could not be clinically defined by name, because of her age, the doctors knew it was affecting more than just her joints. It was now affecting her internal organs, such as her heart and kidneys. At the age of 5, Caterina was diagnosed with Polyarteritis, which is an inflammation of all of the arteries in her body. By the age of 10, she began having frequent bouts of diarrhea and bloody stools. She was placed on bland diets and given high doses of steroids, as well as anti rejection medications in the hope of some relief and control over this “undiagnosed” disease. At the Age of 12, Caterina was unable to digest her food normally. Her stomach was not pro-

cessing the food and it would lay undigested for days. The first few occasions, Caterina vomited this rancid, undigested, days old food and was hospitalized and placed on medication to make her stomach and intestines work correctly. Unfortunately, this has not helped, and Caterina is now on a feeding tube due to a severe 33-pound weight loss over the course of 9 weeks. She is currently 13 years old and was recently discharged from the hospital at a weight of 86 pounds. She has lost strength in her legs and requires the use of a wheelchair when needed. Caterina has a loving, supportive family, which includes her mother, father, and older sister. Even though both parents are employed, they have to miss many days of work for her care. Caterina has been hospitalized 17 times since the age of 2. 5

of those times have been within the last one and a half years, and have lasted for up to 3 weeks per admission. Because of the time missed from work, medications, which are many, and medical and household bills, as well as travel and parking expenses for her hospitalizations and follow up care, both in and out of state, the family is inundated with substantial bills and are truly experiencing financial hardship. In addition to these overwhelming bills, changes need to be made in their home to accommodate Caterina’s care. Ramps need to be added in the front and back of the house, doorways need to be widened, and the bathtub needs to be changed to a handicapped tub. To help support Caterina’s Cause, please visit the Go Fund Me site, set up at http://www.gofundme. com/caterina.




JMHS DANCE TEAM HOSTS SPRING SHOWCASE The Jackson Memorial High School dance team hosted a spring showcase on April 27th at the school’s Fine Arts Center. The team performed with other dance teams from the town to close a very successful 2014-15 season which brought the girls new opportunities. This past fall, the team performed at their first Jaguar football half-time show during the school’s homecoming pep rally. They are regulars at the school’s junior varsity and varsity basketball games and this year won the annual Throw Down Dance Challenge competition. They earned the highest score at the competition scoring 296.8 out of 300 points. The goal of the spring show was to promote the team and to build awareness of the program within the community. The dance team is a non-sanctioned school sport which receives no district funding, so proceeds from the event went towards cos-



tume and uniform costs. The team hopes that one day their sport will be recognized as such and that the hard work the girls put forward each season will at some point be rewarded with official school varsity letters as other programs. Proceeds from the dance showcase also were donated to Karen Kinder, a single mother of five and Jackson Memorial alumni with chil-

dren enrolled in the school. This spring the JMHS dance team is hosting open auditions and tryouts on June 1st between 3-5 pm for students attending the school for the 2015-16 school year. Students of local dance companies are invited to attend the audition to be held in the Clayton Cafeteria. MORE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT..



OH, THE PLACES THEY’VE BEEN! JACKSON MEMORIAL MARCHING BAND SENIOR CLASS PASSES THE TORCH AFTER A STORIED FOUR YEAR PERFORMANCE by Nadine Demczyszyn, Staff Writer The Jackson Memorial Jaguar Band seniors will be honored at the Annual Senior Band Banquet on June 7th at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. Dinner, dancing, awards, senior speeches and a most memorable video photo montage of their four years in band will be just part of the fun that afternoon. The festivities wrap up with the senior members blowing out their individual band member candle in a ceremony which signifies the end of their high school band participation, officially welcoming them into band alumni status. It is a bittersweet event as senior band parents will mingle and reminisce over the four years of “the wild ride” both they and their children were promised by the JMBP,Inc. (the band parent association) as freshman year began and have now fully experienced. From trials and tribulations to not just one, but many, once in a lifetime event opportunities, the seniors move on with memories and friends as one big band family they will cherish forever knowing “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, which is the Jackson Memorial Jaguar Band’s theme song. High school band consists of more than just the love for play-



ing an instrument. For both the musicians and color guard members, it involves of years of dedication (in sickness and in health), intense practices (on the field in 100 degree heat, in rain and snow storms), and precision as a group of over 200 members come together as they give it their all to perform in step, in sync, every time – bringing the crowd to their feet in mad applause. The senior band members of 2015 have a combined four year total of over 800 of playing and practicing hours (band camp, practices, football games, competitions, parades and events, concerts) which is an undeniable major accomplishment in itself! It has not been uncommon to find these seniors marching 9 miles during a single practice or competition days and events lasting 12 or more hours. They have been honored at events by our Board of Education, our Mayor and have had police and fire escorts welcoming them into town after first place championship wins and special events. They have performed to millions of people on television and to live crowds in excess of 80,000 spectators. As a group, they have marched twice at the Show Us Your Shoes (Miss America) Parade in Atlantic City, NJ, performed during halftime at

an NFL football game at Giants Stadium (Giants vs. Redskins) and marched at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City (with 2nd place win and awards for best overall marching, color guard and percussion). They have traveled to Pasadena, California to march in the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade, performed at Bandfest, and marched alongside Mickey Mouse in the Disneyland Parade. They have played for the President of the United States as they marched in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. They have marched in the National Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, DC, as well as many Jackson Memorial Day Parades and performances at Jackson Day. In addition to taking 1st place wins at well over 95% of local competitions, they also have obtained championship status (1st place wins), at major annual competitions to include: Yamaha Cup Champions (with award for best overall marching) in Freshman Year, TOB NJ State Champions in Sophomore, Junior AND Senior

Years and the ultimate, USBands National Champions (with awards for best music and best percussion) in Junior Year. During competition season, over the past 4 years, these seniors have placed no lower than 3rd in EVERY major competition they have performed in. They have also won the prestigious Cadet Award of Excellence, twice. Congratulations and best of luck to the 2015 Jackson Memorial Jaguar Band seniors. May your life be filled with many more great accomplishments knowing, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.




By Wendy B. Owen, Allison Erwin With May, a high school senior’s thoughts turn to prom, graduation, and freedom, but the adults of Jackson want their thoughts to include visions of the grim reaper reminding what may happen if young adults drink, text, or drive distracted. Since 2006, the Jackson Township Police have supported the program in which a student dresses as the grim reaper, and taps random individuals to come with “him.” The student then wears a t-shirt designated their “death” and is shunned by the school body for one week until they present a piece describing their “death” during an assembly. “Every year this is something peo-

ple take very seriously – they know it’s not a joke,’’ said student Alana Coleman, who along with her boyfriend Brian Northup participated in the district’s annual “Grim Reaper’’ program. “We have to be silent for a week and people don’t bother us because they know this is real. And then at the assembly, you see no phones out, it’s quiet… they really get the message.’’ Additionally, a select few get to be “arrested,” wearing orange jumpsuits for the week. The assembly took place on April 26, but no figures have been forthcoming on the results of the program, nor has any information on how such a program affects those who have experienced a loss such as this in real life, and now have to relive the event. The Grim Reaper program,

which is run in both Jackson Liberty and Jackson Memorial High School by students, administrators, staff and the Jackson Police Department, is designed to convey a serious message in a powerful way – that destructive decisions can be fatal and that no one is “safe.’’ The program runs toward the end of the year, when students are typically gearing up for prom and graduation season. Dozens of students participate in the event all week as either victims or as people charged with the crimes of killing others in vehicular homicides. The victims are “taken ‘’ one-by-one during the week and by the end of the week the hallways are peppered with solemn faces above t-shirts that say “Drunken Driving Victim’’ on the front and “RIP’’ on the back. Although they

could complete their lessons, all participants were forbidden to talk socially during the week to their peers, even outside of school. The hallways also feature students in orange jumpsuits who were “arrested’’ in front of their students to bring home the point that tragedy affects both the living and the dead. In a culminating assembly, victims and perpetrators tell their “stories,’’ of what happened to them. Coleman and Northrup portray a boyfriend and girlfriend involved in a fatal crash in which Northrop’s character ended up killing his girlfriend and being sent to prison, said the message really gets through to students. “In this case ,it’s people go to school with that you see every day, and then all of the sudden you can’t talk to them for a week,’’ he said. “It just hits so close to home and it really gets through to everyone.’’

SCHOOL BOARD PRESENTATIONS At its April meeting the Board of Education recognized four students who have earned a place among the educational elite and a team of students who won top awards at a national student television competition. Students in the Jackson Television Program who won a second consecutive first place award, a second place award and a runners up award in a national competition against more than 3,000 film students from 275 schools were recognized by the board. “This is a focused program that uses real-world equipment and technology to teach students every aspect of television and film production,’’ said board member Barbara Fiero. “We are teaching students to think, showing them how



to be innovative and creative and allowing them to showcase their varied talents.’’ Also recognized were Jackson Liberty High School student Shannon Duffy, who has been accepted into the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences at Drew University, and Jackson Memorial High School student Yuanning Cai, who has been accepted into the New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology at Rutgers. Jackson Liberty High School junior Christopher Murphy and Jackson Memorial High School student Jackie Du, who both earned a perfect 800 score on the math portion of the SAT also received certificates from the board for their educational accomplishments.







by Wendy B. Owen

POLICE CONDUCT SURPRISE DRUG SEARCH AT JACKSON LIBERTY With a burgeoning drug problem in Ocean County, officials have not taken the issue lightly, and his effort to stem the tide in area schools was a recent bilateral effort at Jackson Liberty High School last month. Investigators and K-9 teams from the Sheriff’s office performed a sweep through the building and environs to search for illegal drugs on the premises. The planned date and time of these sweeps are not released in advance, and the results are not made public in the interest of privacy and rights of minors, though parents and guardians do receive an email stating: As part of a county-wide effort to combat drug use among teens, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Jackson Police are conducting a search of Jackson Liberty High School this morning using drug-sniffing K-9 units. Jackson School District administrators worked with the prosecutor’s office plan the search but it was

meant to be a surprise to students and staff, who were asked to “shelter in place’’ during the search. The search is expected to last less than 30 minutes, during which time teachers are being asked to continue their lessons. “We welcome this and other efforts by law enforcement to combat drug use in Ocean County,’’ said Superintendent of Schools Stephen Genco. “We are happy to work together to create the safest possible environment for our students.’’ The prosecutor’s office released the following statement: OC Police K9′s stopped by Jackson Liberty High School this AM to assure a Drug Free School Zone. The K9′s and their Humans assuring a safe learning environment for our children today were: Brutus – Sgt. Jim Reilly of Toms River PD Gunnar – Ptl. Rich Buhowski of Toms River PD Nash – S.O. Theodore Wielichoski of the OC Sheriff’s Department Kane – S.O. James Ko-

hout of the OC Sheriff’s Department Bia – Ptl. Anthony Carafa of Allenhurst PD Loki – Ptl. Paschal Drew of Point Pleasant Beach PD On April 29 via the Ocean County Police Blotter Facebook Page, Prosecutor Coronato was able announce that Operations “Broken Rule” and “Sin City” which ran from December, 2014, through the last week of April, results in uncovering the two heroin networks that import over 50,000 individuals doses of heroin per week into Ocean County. The Facebook posting included this quote from Prosecutor Coronato: “These simultaneous operations are incredible investigative feats. Beyond the approximate street value of over $325,000 in heroin seized during operations “Broken Rule” and “Sin City”, this outstanding Law Enforcement partnership has extended the reach and effectiveness of Ocean County law enforcement far beyond our borders.”

It was not just facts that were uncovered, though. It was results. Law enforcement officials were able to apprehend alleged perpetrators Jonathan Gonzalez, 32, a.k.a. “Sin” of Pleasantville and Toms, Faythe Darling, 29, of Toms River, and Miasia S. Johnson, 21, of Barnegat allegedly returning from Philadelphia with heroin on Route 70 near Route 539 in Manchester Township on April 13 with the intent to distribute the drugs. At the same time, agencies utilized search warrants in Toms River, Brick, Barnegat and Pleasantville to seize more quantities of raw heroin, pre-packed heroin, packaging, preparation and distribution materials, as well as cash, illegal firearms and assault weapons, and motor vehicles used by the alleged perpetrators. More arrests were made of alleged conspirators from as close as Lakewood, to Philadelphia and all the way to Bronx, New York.




by Wendy B. Owen Unleash your inner Jeff Gordon at the Jackson RC Raceway every Saturday afternoon at the most high-tech, well-maintained track for electric radio-controlled cars in the area. Al Sodano, the Race Director, says the facilities are kept clean so the kids and others who need “facilities” can come without worries. The track features outdoor racing on a paved road course, with pit tables, electricity, lighting for night racing, air compressors, lap counting systems, a concession stand, Wi-fi, and spectator grandstands. Just one caveat: The races can only be held on sunny, or overcast days without rain, as the cars are electric after all. For the 2015 season, the club has an eclectic mix, bringing back their four-race Saturday Night Lights series, introducing a new Sunday Grand Prix Series, and having two “Big Races,” as well as their usual schedule. Newbies are always welcome, and Al says to come to the track on a Saturday first to get advice and a wealth of information on how to

get started. The track is located at Lights Series 1 of 4 - 7pm 7 Cpl Luigi Marciante Jr Memorial June Schedule Dr, Jackson, NJ, 08527, perpendicu- 6/6 Club Race - 2pm lar to Route 527, West County Line 6/13 Club Race - 2pm Road. After gaining all that knowl- 6/20 Night Race - Saturday Night edge, they may send you off to see Lights Series 2 of 4 - 7pm the man who originally started the 6/28 Sunday Race - Sunday track 30 years ago -- none other Grand Prix Series 1 of 3 - 11am than Jackson Hobby Shop’s Frank July Schedule Gustafson at 2275 West County 7/4 Club Race - 2pm Line Road, and his phone number is 1-732-364-3334. The club has an active Facebook page so if you search for “Jackson RC Raceway” and choose the one listing that is classified as a “sports venue” then you have the right page. There you will find the schedule for the club, a place to post questions, and pictures, so check there often as things may change due to weather. May Schedule 5/2 Test and Tune - 2pm 5/9 Club Race Season Opener 2pm 5/16 Club Race - 2pm 5/23 Big Race - 7th Annual Memorial Day Race - 12pm - B-B-Q is planned 5/30 Night Race - Saturday Night

7/11 Night Race - Saturday Night Lights Series 3 of 4 - 7pm 7/19 Sunday Race - Sunday Grand Prix Series 2 of 3 - 11am 7/25 Club Race - 2pm August Schedule 8/1 Big Race & TCS Warm Up 12pm 8/2 TCS at Jackson RC/Brownie’s Hobbies - 11am 8/8 Club Race - 2pm 8/15 Night Race - Saturday Night Lights Series 4 of 4 - 7pm 8/22 Club Race - 2pm 8/30 Sunday Race - Sunday Grand Prix Series 3 of 3 - 11am September Season Finale 9/5 Big Race - Jackson Race of Champions - 12pm For the 2015 campaign, Jackson RC Racing will be promoting two major classes: 1) 25.5 Blinky Stock TC featuring Open Rubber Tire (to make the class beginner friendly) 2) v17.5 Blinky Super Stock TC featuring Track SPEC Rubber Tire (Solaris SC35-EX $30/set).

SOME WESTLAKE RESIDENTS FRANTIC OVER FUNERAL HOME Several residents from Jackson’s Westlake adult community took to the media to protest a proposed funeral home to be built right outside their gates. “I don’t need the funeral staring me in the face every time I go out,” Westlake resident Linda Selznick told CBS in a televised interview. The small group of residents protested the Oliverie Funeral Home’s decision in a CBS news segment which aired on April 6th. “It’s a constant reminder of



death,” Donna Sacks, 70, said in the interview. The group feels Oliverie is unfairly targeting their aging community by placing the funeral home right outside its gates. The 19,000 square foot facility would be built on a six acre lot in a field adjacent to the current Fulton Bank. “It just reminds you that, you know, you don’t have that much time left,” Barbara Silverman said in the interview. While the small group lodged a

vocal and meaningful complaint carried by CBS, neither community resident boards have publicly supported the positions of those residents and one has even endorsed the planned construction. Sacks added, “They’re gonna roll us across the street over to the funeral home.” “We’re aware that they are upset,” Gerladine Oliverie said. “It wasn’t my intention to hurt anyone or to target anyone. I just wanted to service the community I grew up in.




no. 1 BELMAR



With summer just around the corner, you might be thinking of which beaches to visit this year. If you want to be in the company of your fellow Jackson residents, you might consider Belmar. In a recent online poll on our Jackson, NJ Facebook page, nearly 40% of those polled chose this Monmouth County beach front getaway as their favorite New Jersey beach. Coming in with 20% each were Island Beach State Park and Point Pleasant. Other runners up included Seaside Park, Long Beach Island and

Manasquan. Why was Belmar chosen first? Perhaps for its convenience right at the end of Interstate 195 which cuts right through Jackson. “Belmar [is a] straight shot out,” wrote Kris Kulesa-Colt. “I get there early so never have a parking issue or am dropping off and that is where the kids go so the older one can hang with friends.” While Belmar is a bustling town that has won the hearts and minds of a younger generation and college aged beach goers, some longed for the quiet and seclusion

of Island Beach State Park. “Island Beach,” wrote Susan Giglio. “You pay by the carload and the beach is beautiful! Have to get there early though.” Island Beach has two lifeguarded swimming pavilions, but some just wanted something even more secluded and off the beaten path. “[Area] 6 and 7 for a great quiet day,” wrote Barbara Geiges. “My husband’s family has had their family reunion there for over 30yrs,no lifeguards though, very clean.” As for those with the wee-ones, Point Pleasant beat out nearby



Seaside Heights for it’s cleanliness, family oriented crowd and less crowded beach. While parking can sometimes require a magician’s touch, arriving early can remedy the Point Pleasant parking pains. As an added bonus the small boardwalk offers a large selection of games and amusement rides. Want to get in on our next online poll? Visit our Jackson, NJ page on Facebook and get connected with your neighbors and friends.







JTOWN MAGAZINE CELEBRATES 5 YEARS AS JACKSON’S NUMBER ONE SOURCE FOR COMMUNITY NEWS & SUPPORT by Phil Stilton Editor/Founder JTOWN I moved to Jackson Township in 2004 after living in nearby Toms River my entire life. I came from a town which borders Jackson but was dramatically different from its neighbor in so many ways. One of the glaring differences I noticed early on after our relocation here was that Jackson was not treated the same as Toms River. Whether it was news coverage and sports or how the county government looked down upon this town, something was not the same. I felt as if Jackson was being treated like the proverbial red-headed step-child of Ocean County. Nobody wanted to hear about Jackson unless they had something to benefit from it or something bad or odd happened. The newspapers would come to our town only when our sports teams played a Monmouth County powerhouse or if it was to benefit a county politician’s political campaign. Television crews would come for the occasional murder or more than frequent political scandals of the time. After four years, this began to grow old to me and I felt that the town needed it’s own media representation. In May of 2008, I launched Jackson NJ Online, a community news and information site to inform the community about current events. It was the start of it all, but not the start of JTOWN Magazine. After two years, the popularity of that website grew and our coverage grew to include youth sports, school sports, politics, business, municipal happenings and many other featured topics. After all, I worked for years at the Asbury Park Press and in 1995 was one of their dot-com whiz-kids who helped launch the newspaper online. I sorta knew what I was doing coming into this. Five thousand residents visited our website each week. In 2010, after two years of running our online community website, I wanted to thank everyone but putting out an annual “In Pictures” book about the past 38 JTOWN MAGAZINE

The cover of the first issue of JTOWN Magazine, commemorating the 2009 Jackson Little League champions and their young loyal fans.

year’s accomplishments. The first issue was published and mailed to 20,000 homes in April of 2010. It celebrated the successes and achievements of the town in 2009. The intention was that it would be a mail and forget piece with no real business value or interest. It also needed a name. One day while walking to a Little League game a young boy shouted out me, “Yo! Yo! JTOWN in the house!”. Somehow, that stuck. Shortly after it hit mailboxes, our phones began to ring. Businesses called us and wanted to know how they can be a part of the next one and support the project through advertising. At first, I gave the default answer of, “In January of next year, I’ll call you and let you know.:” The calls kept coming. May 2010 passed and I noticed my list of callbacks growing to about 20 local businesses. I decided perhaps they are right, maybe this is something we should do each month. Midway through May, I called everyone back and asked

them if they would be interested in doing this monthly. Many said yes. The second issue of JTOWN Magazine came out in June of 2010, skipping May. The overwhelming support of the local business community gave me the answer I needed. I would publish monthly. For the next three years, JTOWN Magazine ran as a mostly non-profit business and hobby. As my children grew and became involved in school activities and sports, the effort to produce JTOWN Magazine had become a near burden for our family. In 2013, I made a fool’s decision to take JTOWN Magazine to a few other towns in the form of “The Ocean Signal” newspaper. The newspaper was a success, but something was definitely missing. It was just a newspaper, not a community publication. It lacked love and passion. It didn’t take long, but before a year, I decided to start publishing JTOWN Magazine again, but this time as a business and to grow. We hired writers, designers, photographers and salespeople to

put a 100% effort into making the magazine what it is today. We went back to our roots of being a community based advocacy publication with the best interest of the community at-large in the forefront. While I can proudly claim that yes, I am the founder and editor of JTOWN Magazine, the success of the magazine is a community effort. From our paid writers and content producers down to the every day residents who constantly let us know what’s going on in their small part of the Jackson Township community sphere. Each month, the magazine you get in your mailbox is a communal effort with over three dozen people usually contributing to its success. Even though the magazine is now a bona-fide business entity, I make sure that each issue is a give-back to the community and works to promote the overall betterment of Jackson. JTOWN Magazine has won no awards or accolades in its time because we are proudly the “Anti-Media” media. I ensure we break the molds of what the media is from a top down hierarchy ingrained through generations of newspapers to a bottom up, community-voice approach. In fact, JTOWN Magazine is disliked by the “media” and the political / municipal establishment in town and I would have it no other way. As a former US Marine, I know an old saying that goes sort of like this, “You have enemies? Great, that means you must have stood up for something!” Each month, I take a step back and look at JTOWN Magazine and ask myself, “Is releasing this issue a benefit to the people in town?” If the answer is yes, I go with it, regardless of what the few who don’t like it will think. As long as we’re promoting the community, informing the residents and supporting local businesses, I will put my name on it in the end. Here’s to another 5 years of being the best community paper in town and thank you to all who read and give thanks each month when they see us out and about!





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When Jackson developer Vito Cardinale built the Jackson Crossing shopping center, he said his goal was to create a premier shopping and gathering destination for the residents of Jackson. Mission accomplished. Jackson Crossing is the flagship strip mall of Jackson Township. It’s a glimpse into the future of the local shopping and dining experience in rural America. Cardinale wants to take that vision one step further and build a onestop shopping, working and living destination in nearby Manalapan. He is seeking approval to build a walk-able downtown neighborhood with 30 retail shops and 20 restaurants with up to 900 luxury

apartments sitting above them. He has called his project “Manalapan Crossing”, but right now, it’s not sure if Manalapan wants this project. Cardinale has met with some vocal resistance by neighbors and environmentalists, but said their concerns don’t address the whole picture. Cardinale’s vision is to build a self contained vibrant neighborhood filled with entertainment, nightlife and activity, not an apartment complex. “In a neighborhood like this, where else do you need to go?,” he said. “Do you want to come home, close the blinds and lay on the couch and watch the news until you fall asleep? A development like this can change people’s lives.”

Cardinale said some opponents to the plan feel he is building a city in the middle of rural suburbia. “This is a smart growth development on a major road,” he said. “We cannot continue to build horizontally in New Jersey with tract developments. We’re destroying the landscape of New Jersey.” “If you want to build 100 homes, you have to tear down 100 acres of trees. “This is how development works in New Jersey. This project is putting up 100 homes and taking 5 trees out, not to mention it’s planned on open farmland right now.” “In today’s world, not everyone wants the white picket fence and acreage around their home,” he added. He said his marketing

would target empty nesters and young first time home buyers. But, what if Manalapan turns down the project? Cardinale said he wants it where it is, but said if it was something Jackson had interest in, somewhere along route 195 would be a great spot to build it. For now, he will continue to educate and inform residents in Manalapan with a marketing and information campaign. The site will also house a neurological research center and patient housing for MS patients, a health and wellness center, amphitheater, park greens, supermarket, gas station, bank branch, hotel, banquet hall and said the project will generate over $5.5 million annually in municipal taxes.

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: DEGRAFF FUNERAL HOME DeGraff Lakehurst Funeral Home is family owned and operated. Founded by Donald & Wanda DeGraff in 1979 in historic downtown Lakehurst. The building itself has a funeral history dating back to the early 1900’s. In 1990 the DeGraff family saw the future trends were leaning toward cremation, as a result, their daughter Sherry opened DeGraff Cremation Service offering a wide variety of cremation service options. The move towards more cremation represents the largest shift in the funeral industry. In fact, many consumers believe the cremation itself is performed at the individual funeral home or cremation service they hired. This is not correct. Crematories are owned by cemeteries. Most people are surprised when they hear that. Many people are unaware that cremation must be authorized by a spouse or blood kin under New Jersey State Law. This can cause undue stress for people who do not have a spouse or family. In 2004, New Jersey law provides for the designation of an individual to control the funeral or cremation of another person regardless of whether or not the named person is related by marriage or



blood. People in relationships involving unmarried co-habitants, civil unions or just close personal friends may find this provision beneficial. This designated person is called a “Funeral Representative” and must be named as such in a will. With this designation, they can bypass any blood kin and can authorize a cremation and control the funeral. Choosing cremation for final disposition in lieu of traditional burial does not change service options for a family. A funeral celebrates someone’s life bringing together family and friends to console each other and share memories of a life well lived. In addition to cremation, the services can still include a traditional viewing, memorial service at the funeral home or church or graveside services when or if the cremains are placed at a cemetery. Providing excellence, honesty and dedication to every family we serve is our primary goal. If you would like additional information on the services we offer or prearrangement options, please do not hesitate to contact our dedicated staff at 732-6577868 or you may visit our website at www.degrafffuneralhome.com



BUSINESS OWNER, ASSOCIATE SUSPECTS IN RESTAURANT MURDER POLICE: VICTIM SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES INSIDE VACANT RESTAURANT In April, Jackson Police were dispatched to Romeo’s Plaza after a call reported an injured employee inside the former Casanova Restaurant. The incident happened shortly after 11pm on April 9th. “Upon their arrival, the responding officers found the body of Peyman Sanandaji within the establishment. Mr. Sanandaji succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds,” said Al DellaFave of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. The responding officers immediately secured the scene and called for the OCPO Major Crimes Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CSI and the Ocean County Medical Examiner to respond. The initial investigation revealed that the victim was allegedly shot during the course of an altercation between Hector Calderon, 47 of Freehold and the victim. Police moved quickly, arresting Calderon hours later. Ongoing police investigations

Hector Calderon

also implicated Daniele G. Romeodisantillo, 27, of Manalapan, NJ, in the shooting nearly one week later. The continuing investigation revealed that Daniele Romeodisantillo was also present at the time of the murder and that the shooting took place during the course of a meeting between Romeodisantillo, Calderon and the victim. Romeodisantillo surrendered himself to the authorities. Romeodisantillo was charged with murder and his bail was set at $1,000,000.00 cash only. He later posted bail. Calderon, who was apprehended at his Freehold home was also charged with murder and bail was set at $1,000,000. He remains in custody in the Ocean County Jail. Prosecutors have yet to reveal any further details on the murder and have remained tight lipped on possible motives.


Jackson Police arrested Christopher Gallo, 35, after they alleged he entered an unlocked door at Jackson Memorial High School after hours and stole trumpets from the marching band room in the Fine Arts Center. He was charged with theft by unlawful taking and burglary.

Daniele Romeodisantillo





by Christa Riddle Diets abundant in a variety of vegetables and fruits can help reduce the risk of several chronic health problems, including heart disease, high cholesterol, obesity, type-two diabetes, and certain types of cancer. However, in today’s fast-paced society, many of us fall short when it comes to consuming the recommended daily amount of nine fruits and vegetables, which seems nearly impossible to meet as we race through our hectic schedules. Juices and smoothies have become a popular and delicious way to take in higher quantities of fruits and vegetables while on the go, and many people already reap the benefits these vitamin, mineral, and nutrient-rich concoctions deliver in every flavorful sip. Juices and smoothies appeal to consumers of all ages; portable, hydrating, and energizing, they are the perfect pick-me-up or snack any time of day. In fact, many juices are touted for enhancing the immune system, supporting digestion, and eliminating toxins from the body. Luckily, juiceBOX, a smoothie and juice bar, recently opened its doors in Jackson Crossing at 21 South Hope Chapel Road, providing customers with an impressive variety of delicious, creative juice and smoothie combinations made from natural, healthy ingredients. In addition to its fresh and raw juices and finest fruit smoothies, juiceBOX serves a great selection of organic frozen yogurt and toppings; seasonal, savory soups; fresh salads 44 JTOWN MAGAZINE

with a twist; “goodness grilled” sandwiches; vegan raw healthy desserts; made-to-order coffee; and a slew of healthy packaged snacks and beverages, including Go Raw On-the-Go and goodnessknows® snack squares. JuiceBOX is owned by two local health enthusiasts who aim to improve health awareness and encourage people to “drink, eat, live—well,” which is the juiceBOX slogan. The passion behind juiceBOX is promoting and educating about living a healthy, adaptable lifestyle, infused with creativity: “Our mission is to educate and help instill the idea of healthy eating. We have something for everyone— beginners, hardcore juicers, vegans, those following organic and paleo lifestyles— you name it! We want to promote a healthy lifestyle while showing our customers how to use the most nutrient-rich ingredients that Mother Nature has to offer— all in a fresh drink!” shared the owners. Despite what many patrons think, juiceBOX is not a franchise, although the owners are flattered people think it is, commenting that “this is their first shop, and it won’t be the last.” The juice and smoothie bar has been well-received, with customers expressing excitement and even intrigue over its selection of natural fare. Already, there is great loyalty from customers who have discovered juiceBOX either through word-of-mouth or while shopping at Jackson Crossing, and the staff at juiceBOX find the Jackson community conveying a mod-

ern interest in living healthy. Thus far, juiceBOX’s best-selling juice is the aquaHEAVEN, a mix of kale, cucumber, green apple, pineapple, and blue-green algae; customers’ favorite smoothies are the Berry-Blended (an assortment of berries blended with banana, acai, and blackberry juice) and Monkey See (a concoction of frozen banana, almond milk, all-natural peanut butter, and organic cocoa). Regular juiceBOX customers benefit from the “Frequent Juice Card,” wherein buying eight juices or smoothies earns the ninth one free. JuiceBOX also extends a “Jackson Crossing/ Jackson Township” employee day: Jackson Township, Jackson School District, Jackson Post Office, and Jackson Crossing employees get a 10% lunch discount. Members and parents of Karate Dojo, also in Jackson Cross-

ing, receive one dollar off a frozen yogurt treat. JuiceBOX’s grand opening was May 16th, although they had been “serving up the freshest stuff in Jackson” since the middle of March. Starting May 17th, juiceBOX will also offer “Junior Juicer” sessions to teach kids and teens about nutrition and the benefits of healthy eating. JuiceBOX is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information and specific menu selections, visit juiceBOX online at www.juiceboxnj.com; check out and “like” their Facebook page for current specials, menu updates, and flavors; or call the storefront at 732-534-6164. J-Town readers take note! Mention you discovered juiceBOX in J-Town and get 10% off!



The Village Donut Shop, located in Cassville is a Jackson Township icon, but if you’re driving past, don’t blink, because you might miss it. Nestled between Cassville Crossing and Rova Farms, Village Donuts is owned and operated by Sal Vigilant. Each morning, Vigilante makes his donuts and pastries from scratch in this tiny storefront on Route 571. Vigilante’s confectionery covered pastry creations are very popular in these parts and if he doesn’t sell out of donuts by the time his shop closes later each morning, there must be something wrong.-- p e r haps a road closure or a hurricane have prevented his loyal regulars from buying their morning coffee and donuts. In a town where a good donut is hard to find, unless you’re happy with the factory made offerings at a local Dunkin’ Donuts chain, it’s not hard to imagine that lines form out the door on some mornings here. The store first opened in 1972 and had passed through two different owners before Vigilate took over. Photo by Karen Savona, Facebook.





“TThe best homemade Italian food!!! Simple the BEST. Everything is just delicious, from the fresh salad , main meal was straight from Italy. Love This place”

“This place is AWESOME. The ribs are good, and the chicken even better. The best dish of all is the baby back mac and cheese. Just give me a large container and a fork!.”

“If you are looking for the 50’s style diners, this is one of the best I’ve seen. The decor and atmosphere transports you back to the era of malt shops and muscle cars. I came in during lunch time and I was surprised to see how clean it was, even with the amount of people that were dining...”

“Never unhappy. Food is always perfect The other day I lazied out of driving the extra mile and boy was I sorry! I’ve been to all pizza places in Jackson at one time or another and Enzo’s has the best food and prices...”

-Percy O., Cream Ridge

-Brian S., Freehold

Richie P., Neptune City

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MANGIA, A WELCOME ADDITION FOR JACKSON YELPERS by Tara R. My Husband & I first ate at the Toms River location a few months ago. Everything was amazing so when I heard there was a Jackson location I was thrilled. We just moved to Jackson and the hubby’s 30th birthday was coming up and was planning on throwing a surprise party for him, having it catered. I usually am hesitant on having things catered since my dad is a head Italian chef and has taught me all he knows. But with the move couldn’t cook so decided to try Mangia’s. Best decision ever. Prices were great for full trays. Or-

dered chicken parm, stuffed shells and these garlic knot things with prosciutto and mozzarella cheese inside ( forgot the name of them) but all was amazing. Delivery was on time. Food was hot when arrived and our friends and family raved about everything from start to finish. The chicken parm was amazing. I’m very picky since my dad is a a chef and their chicken parm and the marinara tasted just like his. Amazing. I will definitely order from there again and if I ever need catering I know who to call. Great job Mangia’s. There’s a reason you guys are Boss of the Sauce!!!!


The Lighthouse Restaurant was founded by Jeff & Kathy Hoefler in 2005 and is located at 250 North Hope Chapel Road. The Hoeflers have created a warm and cozy dining environment for this 48 seat restaurant. The Lighthouse provides the freshest local seafood without driving to the shore, along with great service and a friendly atmosphere. In addition to the regular menu, there are daily blackboard specials which highlight the talent of our chef and kitchen staff. Clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, flounder, tilapia, salmon and swordfish are always available. Red snapper,



soft shell crabs, whole lobsters, tuna, mako and mahi have also made appearances on the specials board, just to name a few. Come for the freshest clams and oysters on the half shell shucked to order just for you. You can also find many non seafood items like steaks, pork chops and many chicken dishes as well as your favorite pasta’s Customers are invited to “bring your own bottle”. Take-out, catering and private parties are also available. They offer seasonal outdoor dining with a beach themed area that the kids will love as well as the adults.


IS THE GYPSY MOTH RETURNING TO JACKSON? Left: Gypsy moth nest. Top: Gypsy moth caterpillar. Below: Adult male gypsy moth. Bottom: Adult female gypsy moth.

The gypsy moth caterpillar is one of Jackson’s most invasive insects, known to have destroyed hundreds of acres of forest and could even claim responsibility for destroying one political career in town. In 2007, Jackson Township Mayor Mark Seda chose to opt out of the State of New Jersey’s gypsy moth spraying program and found himself hanging on a limb after one of the worst outbreaks in recent history. That year, large swaths of Jackson’s forests resembled the dead of winter after gypsy moths engorged themselves, many areas, still barren, eight years later. While residents blamed the mayor and township council for the debacle, the real enemy remains the gypsy moth. While the insect could possibly be blamed for killing Seda’s political career, it remains a constant threat to Jackson Township’s densely forested 100 square miles. This year, Jackson Township was one of several dozen townships involved in the states gypsy moth suppression program. The gypsy moth, in its caterpillar stage, is the most destructive hardwood defoliator ever to occur 50 JTOWN MAGAZINE

in New Jersey. Each year, since 1970, gypsy moth caterpillars have caused varying degrees of defoliation (leaf loss) between 1,910 800,000 acres of forest land. Last year during the township budget meeting, Township Engineer Dan Burke said, “They’re coming back as its cyclical for 7-10 years and the last big hit was 2007.” Burke said the township would have liked to see a more aggressive assault on the gypsy moth egg masses last year, but environmentalists stood in the way. The town and state aren’t expecting a return this year after off-season egg count samples taken by the state showed low amounts of infestation. Jackson won’t be aerial sprayed, but some sections will receive state managed ground spraying. “They’re using Bacillus, which is a natural BT. When the egg mass gets to a certain level, BT (Bacillus thuringiensis, bacteria which is harmful to pest insects) is not affected,” he said. “The idea is to drop down the population to a point without destroying the trees. There was a proposal for more aggressive pesticide and we were

offered but the environmental folks spoke out against it. When we’re allowed to use more aggressive pesticides and it should be used.” Burke said Jackson gets hit hard in cycles because the state does not spray its own forested land, including the large Colliers Mill preserve. “The State doesn’t spray their own lands and it becomes breeding grounds that feed the Township,” Burke said. “With the next cycle, the Council needs to apply the pressure to get the State to manage its own gypsy moth population.” Out of the 100 square miles in Jackson, only 8 acres in the western region of town were identified by the state as trouble spots. “Typically the State Dept of Agriculture offers to conduct a gypsy moth survey of the Township annually,” Burke said. “The survey is conducted in the late summer to fall. The results are provided and the Township relies on their recommendation and budgets accordingly. Will the gypsy moths return at the volume last seen in 2007? It is uncertain, but with the town and the state keeping a close eye on the situation, proper prevention

and attention could keep these pests from once again devastating Jackson’s forests. According to the USDA, despite over 100 years of presence in North America, researchers are still at a loss to explain and predict the extent of the changes in forest vegetation likely to take place through gypsy moth disturbance. A major concern is the potential loss of economically critical and ecologically dominant oak species (Quercus, spp.). Most studies of forest compositional changes with gypsy moth defoliation indicate that less susceptible species will dominate the forest, so in effect, forests may have fewer gypsy moth problems in the future.



Nutsedges are common weeds in landscapes and gardens around Jackson. While the untrained eye may not notice this pesky plant, it is a nuisance to the front lawn perfectionist. It’s sometimes a problem that just won’t go away. Although nutsedges resemble grasses and often are referred to as “nutgrass,” they aren’t grasses but are true sedges. Their leaves are thicker and stiffer than most grasses and are arranged in sets of three

at their base; grass leaves grow across from each other in sets of two. Nutsedge stems are solid, and in cross section they are triangular; grass stems are hollow and round, and in cross section they are almost flat or oval. Yellow and purple nutsedges are perennial plants. Their leaves and flowering stalks generally die back in fall as temperatures decrease, but tubers and rhizomes survive in the soil and sprout the following spring once soil temperatures remain higher than 43 degrees. Nutsedges are a problem in lawns because they grow faster, have a more upright growth habit, and are a lighter green color than most grass species, resulting in a nonuniform turf. The best approach for avoiding nutsedge problems is to prevent establishment of the weed

in the first place. Once established, nutsedge plants are difficult to control. Prevent establishment by removing small plants before they develop tubers. Tubers are key to nutsedge survival. If you can limit production of tubers, you’ll eventually control the nutsedge itself. Limit tuber production, remove small nutsedge plants

before they have 5 to 6 leaves; in summer this is about every 2 to 3 weeks. Few herbicides are effective at controlling nutsedge, either because of a lack of selectivity to other plants or a lack of uptake. For herbicides that are suitable, apply them when they’ll be most effective (Table 1). Most herbicides aren’t effective against tubers. Source: University of California.




Meridian Fitness and Wellness hosts regular open house events a their new facility at the intersection of Bennetts Mills Road. Each event is full of local vendors seeking to connect with the center’s fit friends and to network with other businesses. Tables are available for free at these open house events.













by Suley Fries For the past few years, the Jackson Little League has invited the Challenger All Star players to a friendly game of baseball to kick off the new season. The Challenger team consisted of special needs kids who look for-



ward to this game every year. It’s a big thrill for them. The Jackson Little League players, as always, showed their sense of good sportsmanship along with a healthy dose of humor. The game was followed by the presentation of trophies by the Jackson Little League to all the Challenger kids. If your special

needs child or adult is interested in participating in the Challenger sports program, please contact the Jackson Township Commission for the Disabled/Handicapped at (732) 928 - 3334 or commissionforthedisabled@ jacksontwpnj.net.



JANOFSKY LEADS JAGUARS TO OCEAN COUNTY FINAL Former Jackson Little Leaguer and 2009 District 18 champion Brandon Janofsky is having a banner season in high school after pitching a complete game shutout in the semifinal round of the Ocean County Tournament. In that 2-0 win over Toms River South, Janofsky struck out 12 Indians and gave up only four hits. Since returning from an injury, Janofsky pitched 19 innings in three starts and failed to yield a run to the opposition. The Jaguars are defending NJSIAA Group IV Champions and with Janofsky back on the mound, the 15-5 Jaguars have a chance to repeat. The Jaguars were seeded #2 i n the OCT and played Barnegat in the final, after press time. Check out the Shore Sports Network (www.shoresportsnetwork.com) to find out who won. Photo by Scott Stump, Shore Sports Network.

LOPICCOLO HITS 2ND HOME RUN Holbrook Little League softball player Sophia LoPiccolo hit her second career home run, a feat not so common in the girls’ league since it began three years ago. This was Sophia’s first home run of the season, a grand slam home run at Holbrook Little League’s Minor AA field.






With two Jackson grads on the roster, the Scarlet Knight’s womens soccer team played a scrimmage against La Salle in April at the Jackson Justice Complex. Freshman Torie Ahde (#26, Jackson Memorial and Junior Cassidy Benintent (#8, Jackson Liberty) both revisited their old home field at the Justice Complex. Photos by Jackson Soccer Club, Mike Franco.








After a week-long spring monsoon, Holbrook Little League was given a break from above as the clouds cleared, blue skies emerged and the sun made a return visit. Celebrating over 50 years in Jackson in 2015, Holbrook Little League is Jackson’s home of champions. In recent years the league has had district and state champions in both baseball and softball.










LIBERTY AND MEMORIAL PLAY LACROSSE TO FIGHT AUTISM The annual contest between the two district schools had an even greater meaning this season, as the Jaguars and Lions represented Lacrosse for Autism with all the proceeds from the game being donated to Autism New Jersey. “In recent years New Jersey has seen an increase in statistics of individual diagnosed with autism,” Jackson Liberty head coach Anthony Dzienkiewicz said in a statement. “Autism NJ is the largest network in New Jersey of parents and professionals dedicated to helping individuals with autism spectrum disorders and spreading awareness through education. The Liberty lacrosse community is proud to represent this great cause.” The cause is particularly personal for Jackson Liberty, as one of its players has a brother with autism and Dzienkiewicz is a special education teacher at Liberty and also serves as an ambassador for Au-



tism NJ. “The opportunity to compete for a cause combines our passion for lacrosse with our desire to support autism awareness,” Dzienkiewicz said. “We strongly believe in classroom, competition and character in all of our student athletes. With April being Autism Awareness Month we have chosen to represent Lacrosse for Autism and support the Autism NJ organization.” A requested donation at the gate was three dollars for adults and two dollars for students and children. Shirts and awareness bands were also be sold at the game and the concession stand will be open. All proceeds will be donated to Autism NJ. Those who cannot attend the game but still wish to donate can send a check made out to Autism NJ to Jackson Liberty High School c/o Anthony Dzienkiewicz, 125 North Hope Chapel Road, Jackson NJ 08527. Credit: Bob Badders, Shore Sports Network.

Photos by Doreen Laskiewicz Photography.



JACKSON LACROSSE PRIDE BOYS WIN LIBERTY TOURNEY The Jackson Pride Lacrosse Club’s boys 5/6 year old black team went undefeated with a 4-0 record and took 1st place at the Tribes Along the Shore Annual Tournament hosted at Jackson Liberty High School onApril 25. The team is led by Head Coach Brian Gorski, Craig Larsen, Dominic Manion, Mitch Mills, Tony Szatkowski and Rob Walenty.



After finishing first in their division at cheer nationals, the Jackson Memorial High School cheer squad was recognized with a proclamation from the Township of Jackson. The win was their second consecutive national title.




RUFF LIFE FOSTER DOGS LOOKING FOR GOOD HOMES FIONA Fiona is a sweet, pretty girl that is 7 months old. She is very playful and loves to chew on bones and toys. She plays great with the two other dogs in her foster home and loves to snuggle with human and canine alike. Her butt is constantly in wiggle mode with her tail wagging continuously. She has lots of energy and would do well in a home where she will get lots of exercise. She loves kids and people and most other dogs but we are not sure about cats as she has never met one. She is crate trained and will sit for treats. She is a smart girl and will do well with additional training. FRANKIE Our sweet little Frankie is now ready to leave the nest. This poor dog has overcome so much in his young life from getting dumped at high kill shelter to getting attacked by another dog and almost losing his life. True to the breed, Frankie is a survivor. Frankie’s about seven months old. He adores everyone he meets, although because he’s a strong boy, would do best in a home with older children. No cats or dogs for this guy, he wants all the human attention to himself. Frankie is vaccinated, neutered, and microchipped. HOLLY My foster-humans tell me I’m the prettiest “ginger” they’ve ever seen! Speaking of which, two-legged creatures are my favorite, and I’ve been told I really know how to turn on the charm! Belly rubs, kisses, and snuggling are right at the top of my favorites list too! I’m only 9 months old, and learning new things every day. ITTY BITTY Itty Bitty is a pretty little Chihuahua available for adoption from It’s a Ruff Life Rescue. She is around 8 years old and only weighs 8 pounds. She is a very sweet and quiet girl. Itty Bitty loves to snuggle up in her dog bed and also loves to go exploring on walks. She gets along great with cats and other dogs. Itty Bitty is a breast cancer survivor. She wants to remind you to spay and neuter your pets to easily prevent situations like hers. If you’re interested in adopting any of these dogs,, please fill out an application at ItsARuffLifeRescue.com.