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PO Box 1056 • Jackson, NJ 08527 p. 1.732.333-3208 f. 732.709.7201

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40 COMMUNITY CARING Jackson resident starts charity to help buy bullet proof vests for police K-9’s and life saving devices for pets for first responders.

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MAN OF THE YEAR Mayor Michael Reina


Runners Up Jacki Capasso Eileen Burgard Joann Landi Denise Garner

Runners Up John Burnetsky Brian Petersen Bill Valentine Andy Weinstein

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Over 1,200 readers voted in November in the inaugural JTOWN Magazine “Peoples Choice Awards”. Over 40 individuals, businesses and charities were nominated by the public in our online Facebook page, Jackson,NJ (Over 5,400 members). Of those 40, four were chosen by our readers. After Maureen Olsen lost her son Chase Ryan to cancer, she become devoted to supporting childhood cancer charities and awareness around Jackson. She started the Chase Ryan Olsen Foundation in memory of her son. She was the driving force behind Jackson’s “Paint the Town Gold” initiative that has raised awareness of childhood cancer in the township exponentially. Sports teams across Jackson wear gold ribbons, shoe laces, socks to raise money for cancer based charities and to keep the memory of those children the township has lost alive. Mayor Michael Reina has served as Jackson’s mayor for 8 years and has been one of the town’s most liked mayors in recent history. Reina has been open in his support of everything that is Jackson from veterans to childhood illness awareness to youth sports programs. Reina is a fixture at many community events and has been a

hands on mayor when it comes to being part of the community since before he took office. Reina and his wife Laura take the efforts of charities such as the Chase Ryan Olsen Foundation personally as their own granddaughter Angelina has been battling childhood cancer for several years. Farley’s Ice Cream was chosen as business of the year. Owner John Burnetsky is a long time community supporter, president of the Jackson Liberty Band Association and a member of the Jackson School Board. The James Volpe Foundation is another foundation that had its start after a tragedy. After Jackson Memorial student James Volpe died in a car crash, his father Anthony, mother Christine and brother Justin, along with family and friends began raising money in James’ name to support James’ most passionate interest, youth sports and baseballThe foundation raises money to help sports teams and has donated a driving simulator to promote safe driving among students learning to drive in the school. The foundation helps fund sports equipment for volunteer and school teams and assists under privileged athletes pay for sports fees when needed.


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CHARITY OF THE YEAR James Volpe Foundation Runners Up Jackson Garden of Hope Jackson First Aid Jackson PBA 168 Bread From Heaven





Love is in the air as Six Flags will attempt to break the Guinness World Records title for most couples kissing under the mistletoe. This national event across seven Six Flags theme parks will take place December 10 at 5 p.m. E.T. Guests can participate locally at Six Flags Great Adventure’s second-annual Holiday in the Park. The ice-blue trees of Polar Point will provide a “cool” background as couples make history while locking lips under their own live sprig of mistletoe. Registration is free with


park admission, Season Pass or Membership. Couples age 18 and older are encouraged to register at the Big Wheel beginning at 3:30 p.m. After receiving their free mistletoe, the historic countdown will take place at 5 p.m. Couples must hold their kiss on the lips for 10 seconds to qualify for the record. Guests at Six Flags Great Adventure will pucker up at the very same time couples in three different time zones lean in for that magical moment in Six Flags parks across he country.

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COOK FAMILY LIGHT SHOW ENTERS 5TH YEAR OF LIGHTING JACKSON FOR CHARITY This year marks the 5th year of the Cook family’s computerized Christmas light display. Last year, the display had over 14,000 lights all computer controlled and syncrhonized to music. The show lasts is 20-30 min long and runs on a continuous loop. It runs from 6pm-10pm Sunday – Thursday and from 6pm-11pm on Friday and Saturday. “We started accepting donations and success-

fully raised $5,700 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society,” said Michael Cook. Last year the Cook family handed out 2,400 candy canes. This year, with over a half mile of power cables, Cook has a new surprise, a webbed matrix of lights. The address is 1 Carlson Ct., Jackson, NJ. You can learn more at

WATCH FOR DEER ON JACKSON ROADS Collisions on Jackson’s roads between vehicles are deer are quite common, but you can limit your risk of hitting a deer while driving and minimize your health risk if you happen to be in that situation. “We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to be extra careful and alert for deer while driving,” said Helene Schlegel, township business administrator. “Deer collisions are most likely to occur during the breeding season from October through early January. Deer are more frequently seen along the roadside around dawn and from dusk to late evening.” Most accidents with deer happen during the dawn and dusk hours. They are pack animals and many times if you see one, there are more in the area. No matter whereyou drive, even on highways, there is a possibility of a deer collision. Stay safe and use extra precaution such as wearing your seat belt and being aware of likely deer crossings. As we know, Jackson Township has JTOWN MAGAZINE

large areas of open space and we need to be alert at all times. If you are driving on a two lane road, your risk is less in the lefthand lane. Deer are extremely active during their October to December mating seasons. If you are heading towards a deer, on the road, do not swerve. Brake firmly and stay in your lane. Swerving can increase the damage to your vehicle and increase the risk of serious injury to you and others. It may cause you to lose control of your vehicle and strike a vehicle in an oncoming lane or a tree along the side of the road. If this all fails, call 911 and remain in your vehicle if you are on a fast highway. Turn your hazard lights on and do not attempt to approach the deer. They will be confused and dangerous. Let 911 know if you can tell if the deer is still alive to reduce risk to responding officers.

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CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH JACKSON TOWNSHIP We’re closing in on winter, the leaves have fallen, but the Christmas spirit will come alive in Jackson on December 3rd and 4th township’s annual Christmas tree lighting and Toy Land. Toy Land transforms the Jackson Senior Center into a winter wonderland with a special visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus themselves. Toy Land is a walk through the

North Pole and Santa’s workshop. Each year, the recreation department hosts the event and hundreds of families attend. On Saturday, the tree lighting service will commence with entertainment and refreshments. The township will host its annual menorah lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 29th from 4:30-6pm.

HOLBROOK BREAKFAST WITH SANTA TO BENEFIT FAMILY On Saturday, December 10th from 9am – 1pm, Holbrook Little League will be hosting their annual breakfast with Santa. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, waffles, French toast sticks, sausage, and choice of orange juice, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Each year, the league donates the proceeds from the event to support local families. This year, the event will be to raise money to support a family who is suffering the extremely difficult situation of late stage cancer care for their mother who has been a long time volunteer with the league. The event is at the Holbrook Little League clubhouse at 366 Bartley Roar. Admission is $10 per Adult, kids 5 to 10 $5.00 & 4 & under are free They will also be accepting unwrapped toys for Toy for Tots.

JACKSON LIBRARY HOLIDAY EVENTS DEC 5: LETTERS TO SANTA Children & Families. At this program, we will hear a festive story, learn about what makes your letter to Santa extra special, and make fun crafts! We will also play some super fun games, like Fish for a Candy Cane! DEC 7: HOLIDAY PYSANKY Create an original Pysanka (decorated egg) using green and red dyes. DEC 8: GINGERBREAD STORYTIME Bedtime holiday stories for ages 3-6. DEC 12: GINGERBREAD PPL Decorate (and eat) a gingerbread cookie person. Ages 12-18. DEC 14: STAR WARS BINGO Children & Families. Gear up for JTOWN MAGAZINE

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the new Star Wars movie by playing a few games of Bingo! Who doesn’t love Bingo?! There will be prizes for winners! DEC 20: HANUKKAH CRAFTS Children & Families. Stop by the Children’s Area to make a craft to celebrate Hanukkah! DEC 21: HOLIDAY CONCERT Join us for a Holiday Concert with the amazing flute/guitar duo, Marjorie Koharski flutist, and classical guitarist Keith Calmes. Program sponsored by the Friends of Point Pleasant Beach Library. DEC 27: KWANZA CRAFTS Children & Families. Celebrate Kwanzaa by making a cool craft to take home. Please register for all events on the Ocean County Libary website.





ew Jersey’s biggest holiday party takes place right here in Jackson as Six Flags Great Adventure transforms into a winter wonderland. Holiday in the Park runs weekends and select days from now through January 2nd. More than a million glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, Santa’s village and many popular rides provide a way for guests to create memorable holiday moments at Six Flags Great Adventure this winter. Opening for its second season in 2016, Holiday in the Park features two newly-themed sections, new shows, shops, additional rides and a variety of new dining options. The event is included with all Season Passes and active Memberships. “Guests are awestruck by the beauty of Holiday in the Park,” said Six Flags Great Adventure President Neal Thurman. “This festival combines holiday traditions with thrills that are uniquely Six Flags, landing JTOWN MAGAZINE

it on every family’s must-do list this winter.” A multi-sensory feast awaits just inside the gates throughout 12 specially-themed areas of the park. The sights, sounds, scents and experiences are carefully coordinated to provide an incredibly immersive and magical holiday experience. Signature Holiday in the Park attractions include: Holiday Magic: A Celebration of the Season Spectacular light show on a 52-foot-tall tree in the heart of the park that dazzles nightly every 30 minutes through eye-popping effects, stirring music and gently falling snow. North Pole Guests are invited into the warmth of Santa’s home for a meet-and-greet and holiday photos, plus kids can write letters to Santa and even meet a talking reindeer. Gingerbread Junction A giant, inflatable gingerbread man welcomes guests to this whimsical section featuring peppermint swirl-wrapped trees, dancing lights

around the carousel pavilion and Dot & Drop’s Holiday Dance Party. Joy to the World Tranquil pathway of warmly lit trees, luminaries and stained glass showcasing religious holidays from around the world. Polar Point Stunning, ice-blue trees twinkle with the illusion of falling snow up above, while the regal Snow Queen meets guests below. Poinsettia Peak Skull Mountain roller coaster has been transformed into a mountain of dazzling red lights with a crimson beauty, the Poinsettia Princess, greeting guests nearby. Holiday Fire Pits – Three sections of the park feature wood-burning fire pits that warm the soul and are popular spots for toasting s’mores. Holiday Eats – The sweet and savory tastes of the holiday season can be found throughout the park, like spiked egg nog, holiday-flavored coffee and hot chocolate, peppermint and mocha fudge, holiday beers, festive funnel cakes with peppermint eggnog and caramel pecan bacon toppings, specialty holiday platters of sliced turkey, smoked turkey leg and chicken platters with cranberry sauce, chili

bowls, harvest salads and flatbreads and hot soups. Festive Photo Spots – An antique sleigh, twinkling mistletoe, largerthan-life characters, Santa’s elaborate home, giant greeting card and a new kiddie train are just a few of the fun photo spots guests can

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preserve their holiday memories. New in 2016: Trouble in Toyland When things go amiss in Santa’s North Pole workshop, Mrs. Claus arrives in the nick of time to make it right with a sprinkle of holiday magic. This live stage production features acrobatics, comedy and surprise special guests in the Showcase Theater. Merry Market Place – This newly-themed area offers shops, treats and warm fire pits. Guests can find great stocking stuffers, holiday candies and even build their own swords, Teddy bears and baskets. They can also enjoy delectable Belgian waffles and creamy, hot chocolate. Holly Jolly Christmas – This newly-themed area features THE JOKER 4D, free-fly coaster, HARLEY QUINN Crazy Train and Villains Café. Holiday Harmonies with Hotsy Totsy – Guests can enjoy the lively harmonies of this New Jersey-based, 1950’s-style vocal trio, celebrating the recent release of their album “Fresh Pineapple.” Saturdays through December 17 in the North Pole, weather permitting. Holiday in the Park Events On December 10, Six Flags will attempt to break the world record for most couples kissing under the mistletoe. Guests interested in participating will find more information online at The Coca-Cola Polar Bear will make a special appearance that day between 1 and 6 p.m. The Central Jersey Blood Center will host a holiday blood drive December 11 in the park’s Employment Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests who donate a pint of blood will receive one theme park ticket valid for Holiday in the Park.




SANTA “PAWS” VISITS FOR PETS AND PET OWNERS The Green Leaf Pet Resort in nearby Millstone hosts Holiday events for pets and pet owners. This year, on December 10th Green Leaf will host a Christmas vendor fair. Pet oriented vendors and will be at the resort selling their goods. On December 3rd, from 11am to 5pm Santa Paws returns to Green Leaf. All pets are welcome- so bring you dog, car, bird, or pet rock to have their photo taken. Photos are printed on 5x7 photo paper- same day. Photos are $10

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT IPLAY AMERICA IPlay America is hosting breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 11. Tickets are $24.95 for adults and $14.95 for children. Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast buffet that includes an omelet station, assorted breakfast breads, yogurt and granola, pancakes, fresh fruit and more! While you are eating, Santa will walk around and visit with guests at their tables. Then, gather the whole family together for a picture with Santa Claus taken by our professional photographer with a free digital download! There are two seating’s available.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE AT JACKSON LIBRARY On Wednesday December 28th from 2 pm until 7 pm the Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive. The drive will be held at 2 Jackson Drive, Jackson NJ. About 1 in 5 people entering a hospital needs blood, so donors are always in constant demand. Patients with cancer, victims of accidents, and those undergoing surgery are just some of the recipients who benefit from blood donations. By donating just one pint of blood, you have the potential to save up to three lives.


At Noon on December 10th. There will be a Christmas Parade along the Boulevard in Seaside Heights. Event is open to all Ocean County, NJ residents with gifts, giveaways, Santa’s Workshop, and a special Santa’s send-off with live entertainment as we light Santa’s way back home to the North Pole. Events until 5pm. JTOWN MAGAZINE

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REAL retirement dream. And for many, knee arthritis pain has already become a thing of the past. Things have changed. One such advanced medical treatment for knee arthritis is called viscosupplementation. And viscosupplementation has already helped thousands in the Jersey Shore area for three very important reasons. Reason #1: It Works Viscosupplementation is an advanced medical treatment w h e r e trained doctors put special FDA-app r o v e d lubricating medicines directly into the arthritic knee joint. These lubricating substances are all-natural, but manufactured by pharmaceutical companies and cleared by the FDA to make sure you get the highest They are NOT unregulated over- the-counter supplements that could literally contain just about ANYTHING. There are several different types of lubricating fluids available and when the right one is introduced into your arthritic knee, the results for many people, can be won-

derful. It is not uncommon to relieve pain and stiffness within just a few weeks and the results often last for 6 months. More for many. And a second round of treatments is believed to have a cumulative effect and often works better than the first - leading to years with less pain. Reason #2: Doctor’s Focusing In Advanced Knee Arthritis Treatments In Wall, NJ In 2009, the specialists at Osteo Relief Institute introduced viscosupplementation to their cutting-edge medical facility located in Wall, New Jersey. During those several years, the experts at Osteo Relief have not only helped thousands in the Jersey Shore area...they have perfected the “Osteo Relief Method.” The Osteo Relief Method

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combines viscosupplementation with advanced diagnostic imaging to achieve the best possible results. This special digital imaging allows doctors to see into the arthritic knee joint and deliver the special lubricating gel medicine EXACTLY where it needs to be. This also allows the procedure to be virtually painless. Research has shown that there is a 30% chance the lubricating fluid can miss the joint space without this advanced digital imagining so Osteo Relief Institute has spared no expense to offer patients the best possible chance to eliminate their pain. Osteo Relief Institute also offers several different joint lubricating gels. Every patient is individual and the experts at Osteo Relief Institute have found that using a different joint lubricating gel is often the key to success.


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COLLEGE SIGNING DAY Congratulations to the following Jackson High School student athletes on National Letter of Intent Day (November 16): Jackson Liberty softball player Kayla Connors signed with Wagner College and Danielle Notarfrancesco, track and field signed with UMass. At Jackson Liberty, Dylan Furnback, lacrosse, will be attending St. Mary’s; Jordyn Calderon, softball, will be playing for South Alabama; Aime Sherman, bowling, will bowl for Fairleigh Dickinson and Connor Takacs will continue to play baseball while attending college at the University of Alabama.


The Jackson Jaguars D8, D10 and D12 cheer squads are advancing to the national cheer championship in Florida after winning their respective divisions at this month’s Big East Regional Championship competition. JTOWN MAGAZINE

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HAMILTON: BROADWAY NIGHT AT JACKSON MEMORIAL AT JACKSON MEMORIAL, SCIENCE GETS WEIRD EVERY HALLOWEEN Growing each year in terms of fun and educational opportunities, Jackson Memorial science teacher Anne McCormick led another engaging science extravaganza last month. Using Halloween as a backdrop to get students to not only learn about science through music and highly visual and interactive experiments, McCormick operates one of the school’s most anticipated and appreciated exercises each year. Students in Jackson Memorial High School’s Halloween classes got a lesson in spooky science on Halloween from teachers who brought the principals of chemistry and physics to life right before their eyes. Exploding pumpkins, crumpling steel drums, teachers laying down on a bed of nails, dancing flames, flying rockets, exploding Pringles and more captivated students’ attention.


If any students in New Jersey know that careers and dreams can start on the stage at your local high school, it’s the students of Jackson Memorial. Last year, 15 year old student Gianna Isabella Petrone made national headlines with her performance in the final season of American Idol. Although she didn’t win her own school’s Idol competition she showed the entire town that if you don’t give up and continue to follow your dreams, great things can happen. This year, students from the school performed in the annual talent show-like “Broadway Night”, this year featuring works from the Broadway music Hamilton. The show was hosted by John Gallagher and Hunter Fink.

The night started with the choir’s performance of “Rise Up”. With a lead-in by Cole Stephens, Amber Bialoglow, Kelly McNally and Katrina Zangrillo performed a stunning rendition of “Schuyler Sisters”, a song about how wealthy Americans would pass through the slums to catch a glimpse of the common folk and the poor. What they didn’t know was that at night, their daughters, the Schulyer Sisters shared a similar hobby, but went downtown to gawk at the men. After a few selections from Hamilton, the night continued on with selections from Finding Neverland, Rent, Ghost, Grease and other Broadway hits.

“It is so much fun for us as teachers to see students interested in science,’’ said teacher Anne McCormick of the extravaganza. “It’s something different, and sometimes it takes something different to catch their attention.’’

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The Jackson Liberty girls soccer team participated in this year’s Jackson Township fall roadway cleanup. The program is operated by the Jackson Township Clean Communities, managed by the Department of Public Works. The soccer team and nearly 50 other groups were each given a 2 mile portion of road to clean in Jackson Township. The township provided the volunteers with all the necessary gloves, bags and vests. This year’s fall cleanup focused on several of the township’s county roads. Below: Jersey Shore Junior Roller Girls, based out of Jackson, also participated in the cleanup.

Alesandro Barlotta watches on as students from St. Aloysius cast a vote in a mock presidential election this month. Donald Trump won most of Jackson’s private and public school mock elections this year. JTOWN MAGAZINE

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For all the good that happens in Jackson Township, sometimes our town is like the land of broken dreams. So many projects have slipped through the grasps of the township, planned, but never built. There was once the minor league baseball stadium at Great Adventure. Then for years we have heard about a conference center and hotel. But, one of the most exciting projects that never happened was a multi-phase township recreation center on Don Connor Boulevard. The year was 2002 and Democrats controlled the township. Then committeeman Sean Giblin envisioned the project and it was announced in a town meeting in December of that year. From township records: Giblin learned about a recreation facility that Brick Township was con-

templating having built with very little cost to their Township with a public/private partnership. This is where a private company would put up a recreation center, which would have a variety of facilities such as a swimming pool, ice skating rink, etc. and the private company would make its money back from the fees that would be charged to the people using the facility. They thought this was appealing so they started talking to the same company from Pennsylvania that Brick Township was dealing with. They were moving along okay, but then along came 9/11. The capital markets have been very volatile since then. The high Rather then put the project on hold they had been looking for other ways of doing it. What they came up with is an indoor recreation center that would be constructed on Don Conner Blvd.



He explained how the project will be built in phases. Phase I is really the only part of the project that is set to go. This will include an Olympic size swimming pool and the front of the building that looks like a tent. The material being used is heated and is resistant to both the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter. He stated that the Jackson Township School District spends $12,000 a year to transport members of the swimming team to OCC to practice. When they have two high schools that cost will double. The savings alone from renting pool time from OCC will bring $25,000 worth of revenue back to the school board. Part of the plan will call for thermal heating and utilization of thermal energy to supply some of the electricity and heat for the building. Not only is that efficient dollar and cents wise, but it will also help to qualify for grant money to help pay for it. There will also be locker rooms, a reception area, administration offices, mechanical room, game room, and meeting rooms. The other phases of this facility aren’t set in stone yet. The determination process will be the result of two things -– thetownship planner will determine trends that will be happening in this town based on population and look at what is popular in other towns and then they will be asking the recreation commission to conduct meetings to formally present this plan to the public.

The objective is to build a facility to have in it what the people of Jackson want. The architect Ragan Design Group is incredible with their credentials in doing this kind of work. In terms of timing, they feel Phase I will be finished by the end of next year. The price tag is approximately three million dollars. They will fund this from the private sector in terms of sponsorships. For example, the pool may be named the Sovereign Bank pool. They will do whatever it takes to raise the money without going to the taxpayer. This will be done by getting grants and making partnerships. Other towns that have swim teams will pay to use the facility too. In closing, he said that they will advertise when the recreation committee sets up the public meeting. A few years later, Republicans ousted the Democrats and while the plan to build a pool and ice rink on Don Connor Boulevard had been tossed around from time to time, the project, of course, never happened.

The Jackson Department of Recreation hosted a Halloween night of fun for seniors at the Jackson Senior Center on Don Connor Boulevard.

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Ken Bressi, a Jackson politician with a dark past was able to shake off history and receive the highest number of votes in the 2016 Jackson Township municipal council election. Bressi was the headliner on the GOP ticket which also included incumbents Barry Calogero and Robert Nixon. The slate ran unopposed, but managed to garner votes from only 52% of Jackson voters. Bressi popped up on the Jackson scene in 1998 when he threatened the Jackson Township council that he would bring his horse into the next meeting after the council weighed in on a decision to increase the maximum lot size required to house a horse in a residential area. Bressi, a horse owner, would be excluded from having horses on his property if the measure were to pass. According to a report at the time in the Asbury Park Press by Patricia Miller, Bressi never followed through on that threat, but was the lead provocateur at the meeting which she described as one that resembled the Morton Downey Jr. show. Bressi eventually ran for office in 1991 and won a seat on the township committee. That’s when his troubles began. “Several months into Bressi’s first term, then-committeeman Dennis J. Galvin said Bressi spat and threatened to kill him,” Miller wrote. “Bressi denied the accusations altogether though he did own up to a heated exchange.” Several members of the Jackson Republican Club this month confirmed Miller’s report as accurate and mentioned many other heated, near violent exchanges between Bressi and other members of the club during that period. On election night in 1994, Bressi, then mayor of Jackson made his infamous midnight run to harass his political opponents. The story has become the stuff of Jackson urban


legend in political stories, one that comes up every election night in the town. That night, Mayor Bressi drove his truck and did donuts in the parking lot of the Democratic campaign headquarters, cursing at the election night losers, according to the newspaper report and several other documented accounts of the incident. “Bressi decided to tool around the parking lot of the Democratic campaign headquarters in his truck,” Miller wrote. “The Democrats say the mayor honked, cursed, stomped on campaign signs and yes, even spit.” Again, Bressi denied those allegations. Four years later, as described by Miller and confirmed by members of the Jackson Republican Club who wished to remain anonymous, the GOP made a deal to politically shelve Bressi, a Vietnam combat veteran and medically retired Marine, because of the his outlandish political actions and sometimes violent tendencies. In early winter of 1995, a backroom deal was struck to remove Bressi from the council. It was a deal he agreed to. A new position would be created, along with a $44,900 salary plus benefits for the former mayor. A position that was advertised for 3 days in the newspaper and received 35 other qualified applicants, according to then business administrator William Santos. Republicans created the position of “Director of Motor Pool and Vehicle Maintenance”, tailor fitted for Bressi. It was understood this position would be created for Bressi in exchange for his resignation from the township council. Bressi was even quoted in the Asbury Park Press, saying the creation of the position for him, “May look awful.” However in just minutes

into the February 6th meeting, Bressi recused himself and the council voted unanimously, 4-0 to create the new position. Bressi then returned to his seat on the dais and immediately announced his resignation. The council then appointed Bressi to the new position. Cries of patronage and corruption rang throughout Jackson for weeks. “There’s no question it does not look good politically,” Bressi said. “It doesn’t help me one bit. I’m very aware of that.” “Bressi got the job so the township committee members and the Jackson Republican organization could rid themselves of a big mouth,” Miller wrote. Business Administrator Santos was furious over the township’s actions that night. Santos wanted to interview other candidates, but was not allowed to do so. “The bottom line was some of them certainly had extensive experience in fleet and motor pool maintenance,” Santos said. “No question about it. Some had degrees from various institutions. There were people who were qualified.” Although the new position was never publicly discussed until the middle of January, according to Miller, she claimed that the Jackson GOP steering committee had the job planned out when they selected candidates for the election that year in an attempt to prevent Bressi from running for office again the following year. Then mayor Pete Carlson stood by Bressi. “He indicated to me he would try and do his best and not embarrass anybody,” Carlson said. “If he doesn’t, he’s not going to be there. He’s going to have a lot of people watching him.” Three weeks later, Bressi lost that job. He filed a lawsuit against the township. Bressi’s lawsuit against the township of Jackson sought damages, lost wages and restoration of medical and pension benefits. Bressi alleged that the whole thing was a plot by the Jackson Republican organization to rid themselves of him. Although Bressi initially signed on for the backroom deal, he never expected he’d be fired in three weeks. Bressi’s lawyer David DeFillippo alleged Jackson’s committee acted maliciously and with flawed legal advice when they concocted the patronage plan to amicably remove Bressi. “He claims that the incident was

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the culmination of an elaborate conspiracy by township leaders to rid Jackson of Bressi, who is also a Republican, but one who has a reputation of an outspoken, controversial figure in local politics.” The township was forced to reverse their appointment of Bressi after cries of impropriety from the public arose over the naming of a sitting committeeman to a public job. “There was no witch-hunting there,” Santos said. Township attorney William T. Hiering said, “I would just say the conspiracy aspect is absurd.” According to New Jersey law, a sitting public official may not accept a paid post in his or her own jurisdiction during the term of their office. Although Bressi resigned his position, his term was not to expire until 1996. It was a law drafted to prevent political figures from creating jobs for themselves. Bressi was left with neither position. Bressi attempted to return to political office in 2010 when he unsuccessfully challenged Mayor Michael Reina and the Jackson Republican Club in a three way mayoral contest that also included former Democrat mayor Michael Kafton. The campaign was heated and often dirty by all accounts with raunchy mailers, campaign ads and internet memes abound. Reina handily defeated Bressi’s third party challenge, fending off two opponents. In 2012, the Jackson Republican Club welcomed Bressi back into their graces with an endorsement and he ran with Barry Calogero and Robert Nixon. The three easily defeated a weak slate that had misstepped and bumbled their entire campaign. At one point, their opponents rallied behind the star power of Deena Nicole Cortese, the MTV’s Jersey Shore reality star who was arrested for public intoxication and disorderly conduct in Seaside Heights just months before the election. Cortese was the “Lights Out in Jackson” poster girl and openly endorsed opponents Bonnie Barrington and Raymond Cattonar. Their campaign was plagued by inconsistencies and flawed political data, easily propelling the Republican slate. This year, in his bid for re-election, the trio ran unopposed but gained just 52% of the Jackson vote. 48% of Jackson voters abstained from casting their ballots for the Republican ticket. This report was compiled from historical accounts from the Asbury Park Press.



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On Election Day, the unopposed slate of incumbents in Jackson received votes from just 52.8% of all voters who participated in the election. A record number of abstentions and write-ins were recorded by voters in the historic election that saw Donald Trump easily defeat Hillary Clinton in the county. Councilman Ken Bressi received the most votes, while his running mate, Robert Nixon received the least amount of votes on the ticket. Nixon’s lack of votes could be contributed either to his number 3 slot on the ballot or perhaps voter retribution for his support of Trump opponent Jeb Bush. On July 31, 2015, Nixon made a $2,700 campaign contribution to the Bush campaign. Did his failure to buy an early ticket on the Trump train cost him those votes? Over 3,000 Jackson voters who pushed the button for Trump did not vote for the entire Republican slate in Jackson, representing a 5.4% vote deficit for the municipal GOP squad. According to the Star Ledger, Jackson was the 12th “Trumpiest” town in New Jersey. Although the moniker “Trumpiest” is a play on the word “dumpiest”, we’ll take that designation with pride. Trump carried a 28.6% margin of victory over Hillary Clinton in Jackson. 26,794 Jackson residents voted in the 2016 general election.

nie Sanders. 19 write-in votes for Evan McMullin. 10 write-in votes for John Kasich. 7 write-in votes for Paul Ryan. 5 write-in votes for Jeb Bush. Ted Cruz, John McCain, Colin Powell, Mitt Romney and Joe Biden each received at least 2 write-in votes. Local youth basketball and little league umpire Joe Currie received 1 vote, making him the local winner of the presidential election. Ellen “Dangerous” and Ted Nugent each received a vote. Municipal Election 14,811 voted for Ken Bressi, making him the lead vote getter (34.43%). 14,014 voted for Barry Calogero (32.58%). 13,666 voted for Robert Nixon (31.17%). 3,093 voters who voted for Donald Trump chose to abstain on the council vote (5.4%). 1,145 is how many people voted for Ken Bressi and not Rob Nixon (7.8%). 525 voters wrote-in a name on their ballot (1.23%). 42,491 votes were cast for Jackson’s unopposed incumbents (1 person could cast 3 votes).

14,163 is the average number of votes received by the each of the three incumbents. 80,328 is the total number of total selections Jackson residents could have made in the ballot box (26,794 x 3). 7,837 is the total number of votes not cast by voters in Jackson (47.2%). 11,983 is how many voters did not cast a vote for at least one unoppsed incumbent (44.7%). 52.8% is the winning margin of the incumbents in an uncontested election. 47.2% is the percentage of voters who did not vote for the uncontested incumbents. Rae Anne Walker won the Jackson Council write-in vote with 59 votes. 53 wrote in Elanor Hannum. 8 wrote in Mordechai Burnstein. 7 wrote in former mayor Michael Kafton (owner of the White Butterfly and Exit Realty). 6 wrote in former councilman Sean Giblin. 5 wrote in Denise Garner. 5 wrote in Phil Stilton. 127 others received at least 3 votes.

Presidential Election 16,759 voted for Donald Trump (62.5%) . 9,189 voted for Hillary Clinton (34.3%). 846 voted for other candidates (3.2%). 41 write-in votes for BerJTOWN MAGAZINE


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This year, Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher found himself in hot water over remarks comparing real estate solicitors to an invasion by the Lakewood Orthodox community. Kelaher was scorned by various Jewish groups and even Lakewood’s Mayor over the inciteful comment. A find this week in Jackson reveals that the township’s former business administrator and recently fired Ocean County superintendent of the Building and Grounds Department, William Santos once joked about hiring a general and buying tanks to invade the Orthodox enclave. Santos was serving as the business administrator of Jackson Township at the time. While Santos was reviewing resumes for a patronage job created by the township committee back in 1995, a general with experience managing a fleet of tanks and personnel carriers had applied for the job. “One of Santos’ favorites [resumes] was a former brigadier general who said in his resume that he had been responsible for 108 tanks and 273 personnel carriers during his military career,” the Asbury Park Press reported at the time. “I did like that,” Santos admitted. “If I was going to buy some tanks and maybe invade Lakewood, I might hire him.” Santos served as Jackson’s business administrator until 2004, then rehired again in 2006 by former Mayor Mark Seda. Santos was later replaced by Phil DelTurco. Santos was later appointed to the administrative job within the county until he his contract was not renewed by the county in 2014. Source: Feb. 23, 1995 edition of the Asbury Park Press.




CORNERSTONE KITCHEN AND TAP HOST K9 VALOR EVENT TO BUY BULLET PROOF VESTS FOR POLICE DOGS Former Plumsted Police Officer and Jackson resident Sue DesMarais is hoping to turn tragedy into charity. She lives in Jackson with her partner Jennifer Gallagher. “We bought our home in Jackson NJ in 2006 so we could have a large yard for our dogs.” DesMarais said. “At the time we had three but when we moved a few rescue dogs found us and our family grew to five; Toby a Shepherd mix, Dascha a German Shepherd, Odin a German Shepherd, Piglet a Pitty and of course our girl Chaos, a Chocolate Lab.” Six years later, tragedy struck her and dogs: On July 2, 2012, I had just arrived at a doctors appointment when my cell phone rang showing the number of my neighbor, Janet. I almost didn’t answer due to my appointment but something told me to pick up the call. Janet was frantic on the line and my heart sunk, all I could make out was “fire coming out of your roof.” I began screaming that the garage door was unlocked, GET THE DOGS OUT!!!! I arrived to my street blocked off with fire trucks, police cars and ambulances...just like any fire call I responded to countless times as an officer. Except this time it was MY house, MY dogs and I couldn’t stop myself from dropping to my knees on my lawn. I broke, I shattered, I felt a depth of pain that I didn’t even know existed. The first thing I saw was Sarg carrying Chaos out, clearly passed on. I saw Piglet breathing hard in a crate. I saw Toby confined in a patrol car going crazy trying to get out because he kept running back into the house, trying to show the fire fighters where his buddies were. He was the only one alive when the Fire Fighters made entry. I saw Odin in bad shape in Sarg’s animal control truck and he


Mayor Michael Reina and Sheriff Michael Mastronardy were on hand to show their support. Mastronardy brought a K-9 unit from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department with him to show patrons firsthand the types of dogs the benefit will be helping. “The turnout was great and I am glad we could help a local charity raise money for such a great cause,” Hatch said. “We had a lot of fun and it looks like everyone who came also enjoyed the day.” DesMarais said the money raised will go towards the purchase of necessary equipment and oxygen masks for pets for the Jackson fire departments and first aid department. had already sent Dascha in another animal control vehicle, lights and sirens to the animal hospital. I was advised that they were all in really bad shape and that Sarg had knelt in between our two German Shepherds, doing CPR compressions on both at the same time while the EMT’s and Fire Fighters were doing CPR on Piglet, all using special pet oxygen masks. I dropped to my knees once more, next to Chaos. I cried harder than I’ve ever cried for anyone or anything in my entire life. It was my job to protect them and I failed. The Fire Fighters saw me, they silently knelt down on the ground with me in a circle with their arms over me and they cried too. Sue launched a charity called K-9 Valor Task Force to raise money to buy bulletproof vests and other needed equipment for Police K-9 Units, pet oxygen masks, pet CPR training for pet owners and First Responders and assistance to people displaced by fire and other disasters On November 20th, Angel and Justin Hatch, owners of Cornerstone Kitchen and Tap opened their doors to the

community and hosted a fund raiser at the request of DesMarais. “We want to give back to the community and show that we are here to be part of Jackson,” Angel said. “Our doors are open for any charities who would like to host fund raisers here and police K-9 protection is a cause that we also support very much.” Hundreds of Jeep owners from the Jersey Jeepers were escorted by New Jersey State Police troopers enroute to Jackson Township.

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POLICE CAPTURE MAN WANTED FOR MURDER IN TENNESSEE On Tuesday, October 26th, at 1:28 pm, Police Officer Wes Thomason was on patrol when he observed a 2003 Mitsubishi traveling in the school zone on North Hope Chapel Road in excess of 50 miles per hour in the posted 30 mph school zone. Upon turning around to attempt to conduct a motor vehicle stop, the vehicle was observed turning onto New Central Avenue in what appeared to be an attempt to evade the officer. The officer was able to catch up to the vehicle and conduct a motor vehicle stop on Brewers Bridge Road. While speaking with the driver, the officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle and after Officer Cassie De La Torre arrived on scene, a search of the vehicle was conducted. During the search, a small quantity of marijuana was recovered inside the vehicle along with a large folding knife with a brass knuckle handle from under the driver’s seat. The driver of the vehicle was placed under arrest along with the passenger, who could not be positively identified at the scene after

providing officers with two different names. The driver was identified as Marco Hernandez, age 20 of Lakewood, NJ. He was processed and charged with: possession of marijuana (under 50 grams), unlawful possession of a weapon, speeding, obstructed view, driving with a suspended driver’s license, unlicensed driver and failure to install an ignition interlock device. He was released on summons complaints pending a court appearance. The passenger was fingerprinted using the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and he was identified as Javier Alexander Rivas, age 19 with a last known address in Lakewood, NJ. It was also discovered that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest for 1st degree murder out of Tennessee with full extradition. He was also charged with hindering apprehension and bail was set on that charge at $25,000/full by Judge Sahin. He was later lodged in the Ocean County Jail. Sgt. Chris Parise and Officer Andy Falzarano assisted with the investigation.

MAN WANTED IN FOUR TOWNS CAPTURED BY JPD AFTER CHASE On Wednesday October 26, 2016 at approximately 2:07 am, Police Officer Keith French was on patrol in the area of the 7-11 located on West Countyline Road when, after conducting a motor vehicle lookup on the license plate of a 2010 Honda he observed in the 7-11 parking lot, he received notification that the registered owner for the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license and that there was a wanted alert for the vehicle. Officer French then parked his marked patrol unit nearby the parking lot and observed the Honda pull out of the parking lot and then accelerate at a high rate of speed past his parked vehicle. As he then followed the Honda, it was observed going through multiple stop signs without stopping or signaling as it circled through the neighborhood and made its way to JTOWN MAGAZINE

Citadel Drive and onto South New Prospect Road. The vehicle then accelerated at a high rate of speed as the officer activated the patrol unit’s emergency lights to attempt a motor vehicle stop. The driver disregarded the officer’s attempt to conduct the stop and continued at a high rate of speed on South New Prospect Road, through the intersection of Brewers Bridge Road. The Honda approached speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour as it passed another car on the road and then turned its headlights off as it approached the intersection of Aldrich Road. The Honda went through the intersection and as the driver attempted to negotiate a sharp curve in the roadway, struck a curb and lost control, crashing into an embankment in front of a residence on North New Prospect Road.

MAYOR HOPES NEW ROAD MARKINGS WILL MAKE NEIGHBORHOOD SAFER For years, Robbins estates has been used as a cut through connected drivers from Cooks Bridge Road to Manhattan Street to Jackson Mills Road. It services Sixty Acres, Westlake, Winding Ways and Johnson Park and the area is a widely traveled conduit in the heart of Jackson. It also has a problem with drivers exceeding the local speed limits. This month, Jackson Township painted several speed limit markings on the roads in the develop-

ment and on Manhattan Street to attempt to curb the speeding problem. Mayor Michael Reina said the effort is a longstanding initiative to slow drivers down in that area. “We hope to slow down the traffic around Holman Elementary School,” Reina said. “Anything we can do to keep the neighborhood streets safe for the families in those neighborhoods. Last year, we added sidewalks under the community block grant.”

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR 2017 TOWNSHIP BOARDS With the holidays approaching and the year quickly winding down, it is time to thank all those who have donated their time to the residents and community by serving on one (or more) of our various advisory boards and committees. These local advisory boards allow the residents to get involved with the Township and work together towards improving the township. Jackson Township has been very fortunate to have such committed residents helping to make a different. “I, along with Township Council, am always looking for new faces and As Officer French pulled up on the scene, he observed the male driver and a passenger exit the vehicle and run toward the backyard of a residence. He gave chase while ordering the subjects to stop. After a short foot pursuit, he was able to catch and take the driver into custody, the passenger fled into a wooded area and was not able to be located. There were no injuries reported as a result of this incident.

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fresh ideas so we strongly urge any resident who wants to offer their services to contact my office,” said Mayor Michael Reina. He can be reached at 732-9281200 ext 1211 or emailsnovak@, indicating your area of interest, background and reasons for wanting to serve. You will be required to submit a Citizen Leadership Form which can be found on our website at All requests should be received by Friday, December 16th. A search of the vehicle the driver abandoned after the crash prior to impoundment resulted in the seizure of 20 decks of heroin and a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana. Kevin McCutcheon, age 26 of Lakewood. He was processed at police headquarters and charged with: 2nd degree eluding, resisting arrest and multiple other charges.




TEENS ARRESTED FOR ROBBERY AT GUNPOINT On Friday November 18, 2016 at 9:12 pm, officers responded to the Flair park located at the intersection of Buckingham Drive and Birmingham Drive on the report of a robbery at gunpoint which had occurred. The victims of the incident reported that while at the park, two suspects had brandished a semi automatic handgun and stole sneakers and a backpack containing personal property. Officers conducted a search for

the suspects and the following investigation resulted in three juveniles being taken into custody. Proceeds from the incident along with two Airsoft guns resembling realistic looking handguns were also recovered. A 17 year old male was taken into custody and juvenile complaints were signed charging him with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (for utilizing an imitation firearm


21 TICKETS GIVEN DURING REED ROAD TRAFFIC DETAIL On November 16, Jackson police officers assigned to the agency’s Traffic Safety Unit conducted a directed enforcement detail in response to area resident’s complaints of excessive speeding on Reed Road. 21 speeding violations, including some vehicles exceeding 60 mph in the posted 35 mph residential zone, were observed and addressed by the officers. These details are conducted by officers assigned to the UniJTOWN MAGAZINE

formed Services Division and the Traffic Safety Unit during various hours and days of the week to address resident’s complaints throughout the township, including new complaints and areas which are regularly called in . If you have a specific traffic related issue that needs to be addressed, please contact the Traffic Safety Unit at 732-928-1111.

to commit a robbery). He was processed and transported to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center. A 16 year old male was taken into custody and juvenile complaints were signed charging him with robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (for utilizing an imitation firearm to commit a robbery). He was processed and transported to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention

Center. A 16 year old male was taken into custody and a juvenile complaint was signed charging him with conspiracy to commit robbery. He was processed and transported to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center. Police Officers Michael Basso, Alex Crinnian, David Watson, Phil Minissale, Kale Mabey and Sgt. Wayne Olejarz responded. Dsg. Frank Mendez and Det. Robert Reiff also responded to investigate.

On Wednesday November 2, 2016, members of the Jackson Police Department came together to conduct a walk out ceremony and “last ride” from the Justice Complex to Town Hall to honor the career of Police Officer Steve Scaglione #206 who retired after 25 years of service in law enforcement. Officer Scaglione began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a Corrections Officer with the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department. He was hired as a Police Officer with the Jackson Police Department in 1997. He has served as a Patrol Officer and worked assignments on the afternoon, midnight and day shifts. He also served as a member of the department’s Special Response Team (SRT), on the Ocean County Sniper Team, an instructor at the FBI Sniper School at Ft. Dix, the department’s Off Road Quad Detail Unit and also as a DARE Of-

ficer instructing in the Township’s schools. He was also an integral member of the agency’s Firearms Training Unit. Officer Scaglione was one of multiple officers who responded to Ground Zero after 9/11 to assist the Red Cross during the recovery efforts and was among the first officers in the agency to begin riding in the Police Unity Tour, making the yearly bike ride to Washington D.C. four times. In 2005, he was a member of a multi-agency response team who responded to assist the New Orleans Police Department after Hurricane Katrina. He has received the Police Department’s Good Conduct Ribbon, Multiple Police Unit Citations, the Excellent Police Deuty Ribbon, the Achievement Ribbon and multiple Letters of Commendation.


On October 28th, the Jackson Mills Fire Company contained a fire at rubber mulch pile located on Pomponio Place. The business at the location is Pomponio Al Trucking & Excavating.

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FREE MOVIE DECEMBER 8 AT THE JACKSON LIBRARy Young surfer Nancy (Blake Lively) travels to a secluded beach in search of a secret spot that her mother had discovered years earlier. While paddling out into the waves, she is hunted by a great white shark and stranded on an embankment away from the

POLICE HOST INFORMATIVE SEMINAR FOR SENIORS In an effort to pass on information, Lt. John Decker recently conducted a presentation at the Jackson Senior Center to educate residents on police – citizen encounters, first aid responses and protecting themselves from shoreline. Alone and wounded, scams and frauds and what to look out for. There were about 70 resishe attempts to survive the attack dents in attendance and the participation and feedback was outstanding. and get ashore in this thriller directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The movie will be playing for free at the Jackson Library Thursday, December 8, 2016, 2 – 3pm. Rated PG-13, Run time 87 minutes.


JACKSON RENAMES STREET IN HONOR OF VETERAN The rain may have forced the township to move the ceremony indoors, but it was not about to stop them from honoring Korean War Veteran. SFC E. Larry St Laurent. “[He was pleasantly surprised to see all his friends and family when he arrived at the ceremony today,” said Mayor Michael Reina. “Such a nice ceremony for a true hero.” SFC St Laurent was also awarded two medals at this ceremony- the The Jackson PBA and Jackson Food Pantry collected over 200 coats from Korean War Commemorative Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal. residents for those in need during the winter. Police Officers Anthony Riso Jackson Drive is now officially co-named ‘SFC E. Larry St Laurent Place’. and Cassie De La Torre delivered the coats to the food pantry. Other coats donated will be given to the Lakewood PBA’s coat drive.

JOB HUNTER HELPER PROGRAM AT JACKSON LIBRARY Are you looking for a new job? If so, join us at the Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library on Tuesday, January 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. for a hands-on tour of the powerful New Jersey Career Connections website. Topics to be addressed include: personal budgeting, filing for unemployment, drafting cover letters and resumes, completing online applications, interviewing, and more! Participants may bring copies JTOWN MAGAZINE

of their resumes to work on. Registration is required. To sign up, please call 732-928-4400 or goto​ w ww.theoceancountylibrary. org​. This class is funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Career Connections grant. The Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library is located at 2 Jackson Drive in Jackson Township.


From Jackson Twp: There will be NO more Bulky Waste pick up for 2016. If you have any bulky items you can take them to the Municipal Transfer Station and Bulky Waste Compactor at 20Don Connor Blvd. See the Jackson Township website for guidelines. Any items left at your curb can result in a fine of $100.00 Brush There will be NO more Brush pick up for 2016. You CAN NOT mix brush with your leaves or they will not be picked up. You can dispose of your brush at the Compost Station locat-

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ed at 334 Jackson Mills Road (tied in maximum 4 foot lengths) If you place any brush at the curb you can be subject to a fine of $100.00 Leaves - Please review the Leaf Pick-up schedule on the Jackson Township website under Department of Public Works. Anyone who places leaves out for pick up outside the approved dates will be subject to a fine of $100.00. If you miss your pick up date you can take your leaves to the Compost Facility located at 334 Jackson Mills Road. See the Jackson Website for hours/days of operations.



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