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JTOWN Magazine | October, 2013

Jackson Residents Voice Concerns Over Plans For Orthodox High School Over 500 residents from Jackson and Lakewood were present at Wednesday night’s zoning board meeting where opening testimony was given regarding a variance application for the construction of a new 400 student private high school. The school is being proposed in a residential zone on Cross Street, near the intersection of East Veterans Highway. Ray Shea, attorney for the applicant, Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum who operates Oros Bais Yaakov High School, along with Ian Borden of Professional Design Services presented their case to the planning board stating on numerous occasions that the school would be beneficial to the community. While Shea said early in the meeting he had hoped for a preliminary and final approval, he received neither from the board, instead, the board adjourned the meeting after a three hour hearing that also included an hour of public comments. Shea and Borden presented the construction of the school to the board as a benefit to the community that would educate 400 students at the Orthodox Jewish all girls school. If approved, the building would be a two story brick structure that is 75 feet wide and 200 feet in length with recreational facilities in the rear including a swimming pool and basketball court. Today, the property is a faded snapshot of Jackson’s past. Dilapidated chicken coops are surrounded by automobile and lawn mower parts and a small engine repair garage operated by GS Equipment. A spokesperson for the company said on Thursday that prior to the announcement of the school, the conditions at the site had forced him to begin relocating his business to a location in the Cassville section of town. The property is also home to James Curtis. Curtis said he had no idea he would soon be losing his home at the public meeting. On Thursday, he said the site has been neglected by the owner and has become a place for transient


squatters who come and go, some, he claimed, ending up in jail. Curtis said the site has been scene to numerous domestic disturbances in the years since he has lived there. Also at issue at the meeting with residents was their concern over recent news regarding the Lakewood School District’s financial problems related to the cost of busing private school students under a state mandate that requires the student’s home district to foot the cost of the bill. Although only one student attending the school currently resides in Jackson, at a cost of just over $800 to the district for busing, residents were concerned about the addition of future housing projects that could be built by the Orthodox community in Jackson. While Jackson’s School District would not be responsible for any transportation costs for students who reside out of district, they would be responsible, under state law to oversee any future grant funding for the school. The often contentious deliberation between the applicant’s representatives and the board became apparent in an exchange between board member John Suttles and the applicant. Borden, testifying on behalf of the applicant, said the school would be a benefit to the community, prompting Suttles to ask, “Which community…define the community we’re benefiting.” “I define the community to be the surrounding area,” Borden said. ”We don’t distinguish the communities, the community is the public in general.” Despite back and force debate about the public versus private school issue and dancing around the subject, Shea finally stated. ”Yes, this is a private school for Orthodox Jewish girls…we aren’t hiding that.” His response was met with jeers from the audience. At several points during the meeting, board Chairman Steve Costanzo reminded the audience to remain silent after outbursts and cheers. Five Jackson police officers ringed the meet-

ing room. Other issues with the application raised by the audience and the board’s team of professionals included traffic safety, tax impact, soil studies and future expansion of Cross Street, all prompting the board to postpone their vote on the application until the November 20th meeting. All of which the board said, should be in order and addressed at the next meeting prior to any vote on the application. One of the underlying concerns expressed by the public was their opinion of the state of the Lakewood school district and how the large amount of private schools have negatively impact the public school district. Others raised concern over the over development of the southern end of Cross Street where several private schools have been built or are in the early stages of construction. While the board has the decision to vote yes or no on the application, the applicant also has the right to pursue legal recourse in the court of law should the board turn down the application, an action Shea has become all too familiar with against this board in years past. After the meeting Shea and the applicants were provided police escort out of the building. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at Jackson Liberty High School.

Former Jackson Mayor Running for Freeholder Former Jackson Township Mayor and Police Commissioner Joseph Grisanti is running for office again. Grisanti is vying for the office of Ocean County Freeholder. Jackson has been void of representation on the county board for many years, but Grisanti hopes that Jackson voters come out to support him on election day. “There’s a lot of things going on at the county level that impact Jackson,” Grisanti said in a recent interview. “I think having a 5-0 majority for over 20 years is not healthy for the county. When a majority rules for that long, they become complacent.” Grisanti also said the current board is lacking when it comes to tackling issues important to Jackson. “They continue to ignore the problems of northern Ocean County including Jackson and Lakewood,” he said. “We have a lot of county roads in Jackson and with the amount of fatalities over the years they should get more attention than they get.” Mr. Grisanti, a lawyer, is also a former FBI agent and is a prosecutor in several Ocean County municipalities.

November Picks at the Library Teen Advisory Board Tuesdays,November 19th, & December 17th, 7 PM. Earn volunteer service hours by helping to plan library programs for teens and children, make book displays, decorate the Jackson library, and other duties as assigned. Grades 7 - 12. Must fill-out a volunteer application. Lenape Culture Monday, Nov. 11, 7:00pm. Beverly Friend, of Cherokee Heritage will present a variety of authentic artifacts, crafts and clothing to explain Lenape Daily life, beliefs and history and creative expression. Teen Volunteer Afternoon Friday, November 22, 3pm. Serve your community and earn volunteer hours by helping kids with crafts at the library. Grades 6 - 12.

Afternoon Movie Thursday, November 14, 2pm. For Veterans Day we present a film celebrating the glory of the fighting forces. Inspired by Hasbro’s classic naval game, Battleship. Paper Airplanes Thursday, November 7, 2pm. Grades K - 3. School is out. Come in for National Aviation History Month for a story and craft. Also, we’ll be having a paper airplane throwing competition.

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JTOWN Magazine | October, 2013

Jackson Day 2013

Thousands of local residents came out on Sunday to celebrate Jackson Day at Johnson Park on a sunny, hot and humid afternoon. The annual event is hosted by the Jackson Township Clean Communities, a state sponsored program which receives approximately $100,000 per year in public funding to host the event and to promote recycling within the community. Throughout the year, local organizations were assigned portions of township roads to clean up in exchange for 10 x 10 table space

at the event, which was focused around recycling and keeping the community clean. They day started off perfect as vendors displayed their wares and services as non-profits cooked up delicacies from around the world–from Mexican, Italian, Asian and American classics to hot and hungry guests. The day started off with a performance by the Jackson Memorial Jaguar Marching Band and a children’s choir from the township’s summer camp program. Mayor Michael Reina and Clean

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Communities Coordinator Pat Wood kicked off the event on the main stage shortly after 11 am. Rides were provided this year with a $5 admission fee. In past years, rides were free for children who brought recyclables to the event. Shortly after the opening ceremony, the New Jersey State Police landed a helicopter on the field for just over an hour for children and visitors to learn about the NJSP’s life saving helicopter operations. As the sun got hotter and the

day more humid, firefighters from the Jackson Mills Fire Department set up a sprinkler for the children to run through to cool off after active sessions of rock climbing, jousting and other carnival rides and blow up activities. Despite being cut short by rain, Mayor Michael Reina said he was pleased with the turnout for Jackson Day this year. As the Johnson Park parking lot filled to maximum capacity, the township began shuttling visitors from Jackson Liberty High School.


JTOWN Magazine | October, 2013

Being Under the Influence of a CDS and Poss. of a CDS. 6:41 PM: Officers impounded a 1994 Honda on Cedar Swamp Road for being operated with a Suspended Registration.7:26 PM: Officers stopped a 2006 Honda on Cedar Swamp Road. Robert Green, age 24 of Brick was arrested and charged with Being Under the Influence of a CDS and DWI. He was processed and released on summons pending a court appearance. 8:11 PM: Officers stopped a 1998 Jeep on Cedar Swamp Road. Ronald Germano, age 34 of Toms River was arrested and charged with Poss. of Marijuana. 8:20 PM: Officers stopped a 2005 Toyota on Cedar Swamp Road. Therese Hartmann, age 46 of Forked River was arrested and charged with Poss. of Heroin and Poss. with the Intent to Distribute. She was also charged with Driving an Uninsured Vehicle and Operating a Motor Vehicle while in the Poss. of a CDS. Bail was set at $20,000.00 and she was lodged in the Ocean County Jail. Edward Thau, age 51 of Delanco was charged with Poss. of Heroin and Poss. with Intent to Distrib-

16 Arrested in One Night at Jackson DWI Checkpoint On Friday October 18, 2013, Jackson Police Officers along with the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office conducted two checkpoints in the township, starting on Cedar Swamp Road and then later moving to E. Veterans Hwy.. Officers from Jackson, Lacey and Manchester who are trained as Drug Recognition Experts to determine the effects of Prescription and Narcotic drug use were also involved. During the detail, multiple arrests were made. 6:08 PM: Officers stopped a 2004 Infinity on Cedar Swamp Road. Justinas Petkevicius, age 21 of Jackson was arrested and charged with being Under the Influence of a CDS and DWI. Tomas Sinkevicius, age 18 of Jackson was arrested and charged with Poss. of Heroin, Poss. of Hypodermic Syringes and Poss. of Drug Paraphernlia. 6:10 PM: Officers stopped a 2012 Ford Mustang on Cedar Swamp Road. Matthew Rauscher, age 24 of Bayville was arrested and charged with DWI,


ute. Bail was set at $35,000.00 and he was lodged in the Ocean County Jail. Officers recovered 150 bags of Heroin and the car was also impounded and is pending forfeiture proceedings. 8:59 PM: Officers stopped a 2013 Kia on Cedar Swamp Road. During the stop, Bienvenid Lopez Jr., age 43 of Jackson was charged with Poss. of Marijuana. He was released on summons pending a court appearance. 9:14 PM: Officers stopped a 2009 BMW on Cedar Swamp Road. Zachery Levine, age 26 of Morganville was charged with Poss. of Marijuana, Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia and Poss. of a CDS while Operating a Motor Vehicle. 10:14PM: Officers stopped a 2000 Buick on E. Veterans Hwy.. Jerry Henderson Jr., age 24 of Seaside Heights was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Jackson and for one out of South Toms River. Gregory Pelissier, age 24 of Howell was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Newark. 11:25 PM: Officers stopped a Pontiac Gran Am with out of state license plates. Norman Suggs, age 38 of Toms River was arrested on outstanding warrants out of Burlington and Hamilton. He was turned over to Hamilton Police when he was unable to post bail. 11:48 PM: Officers stopped a 2003 Hyundai on E. Veterans

Hwy.. Megan Brenckman, age 30 of Point Pleasant was arrested and charged with DWI. She was processed and released pending a court appearance. 9:53 PM: Officers stopped a 2004 Chevy on E. Veterans Hwy.. Simcha Labovitz, age 18 of Lakewood was arrested and charged with Underage DWI, Reckless Driving and having an Open Alcoholic Container in a Motor Vehicle. He was processed and released pending a court appearance. 12:31 AM: Officers stopped a 2013 Chevy on Cross Street. Erin Glorioso, age 27 of Jackson was arrested on an outstanding warrant.1:25 AM: Officers stopped a 2004 BMW on E. Veterans Hwy.. Tarik Wilson, age 38 of Brick was arrested and charged with Driving with a Suspended License and DWI. He was released on summons pending a court appearance. 6:26 AM: A 2004 Jeep was stopped on Cedar Swamp Road. Laura Stansfield, age 50 of Point Pleasant was arrested and charged with DWI. She was processed and released on summons pending a court appearance. Visit the Jackson Police Department on facebook for daily Jackson updates or Ocean County Police Blotter for Ocean County police and fire news.

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JTOWN Magazine | October, 2013

How Jackson Firefighters Helped to Save the Seaside Heights Boardwalk

As the fire on the boardwalk progressed northward and more fire departments from around the region were called in to fight the fire, water supply became an issue. As the blaze spread, it became apparent that the water system of Seaside Heights had reached its capacity. At 2:25 pm, Ocean County dispatched a joint task force of Jackson Township fire companies which included equipment and personnel from each of Jackson’s 4 fire districts, including both volunteers and career firefighters from the Whitesville Fire Company, Cassville Fire Company, Jackson Mills Fire Company and Jackson Station 55. The task force crossed the Thomas A. Mathis Bridge over the Barnegat Bay after a nearly twenty mile drive. The fire was clearly visible, blanketing the barrier island

with billowing black smoke. “We knew we don’t get called to Seaside on an ordinary basis,” said Whitesville Fire Company Chief Scott Rauch. “We knew were going to work.” Rauch said the last time all four Jackson fire companies were dispatched together for an out of town fire was in 2007 for a 2,500 acre fire at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range in Stafford Township. Once the task force arrived they were given their assignment by the Ocean County fire coordinators. Their task was to stop the northwardly advancement of the fire near Lincoln Avenue and Ocean Terrace, to prevent the fire from crossing the 25 foot boardwalk breach created earlier. Station 57’s ladder truck was deployed on Ocean Terrace. “The water system was greatly taxed, so we laid a pipeline to the bay,” Rauch

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said. While the pipeline was being established, the Cassville engine began drawing water from the Barnegat Bay along with the Tuckerton Fire Department. Jackson Mills and Station 55 had run over 6,000 feet of hose to bring water from the bay to the boardwalk. It was nothing new for Jackson firefighters who are routinely tasked with fighting fires city without water as portions of Jackson Township to date, have no water services and homes utilize wells. It’s a process called drafting where water is pumped from a body of water for use by the apparatus’ fighting a fire. “We draft all the time. It’s very common in Jackson where we have no hydrants,” Rauch said. “A few

days after the fire, we had a residential structure fire where we had to draft from a pond.” As the Jackson fire companies were establishing the new water source, other companies tried creative measures, including drafting water from swimming pools of nearby motels. A second drafting point north of the Jackson firefighters was established by fire companies from Monmouth County, but it was never utilized since the water provided by Jackson and Tuckerton units were suitable to assist firefighters on the boardwalk to eventually contain the fire. “We had people from all four fire districts and they came together as a team and worked well together.” Rauch said.


JTOWN Magazine | October, 2013

Jackson’s Boy Scout Pack 204 was on hand at this year’s Fall Forestry Festival at the Forest Resource Education Center. The event was a nature-packed adventure that included hayrides, pumpkin painting, nature exhibits, nature walks and activities for all ages.

Friends and family members of Pack 204 served the thousands of visitors hot lunch all day long at the Fall Forestry Festival.

Jackson kids hammer away at wooden forest fire helicopters, one of many interactive activities at this year’s Fall Forestry Festival in Jackson.


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JTOWN Magazine | October, 2013

Les Misérables

2013 Jaguar Marching Band The Jackson Jaguar Marching Band has had a busy and exciting start to the fall marching band season! After marching in the Miss America parade in Atlantic City on September 14, went on to win the top score at three consecutive band competitions. "I've been saying this since band camp. There is something special going on with The Jaguar Band this year, and I can't wait to see what we can do when we reach our full potential,” said Eddie Delesky, Drum Major for the Jaguar band. “The Jaguar Band this year is totally awesome. The work ethic is excellent! The attitude is great! They are working towards a championship banner year.” added Band Director Bud McCormick.

The band also performed at the Yamaha Cup at Giant’s (Metlife) Stadium where they went against larger bands. Performance day included an on-site barbeque for the staff, crew and students. “Our parents do a great job of helping with the instruments and props and our hospitality committee prepares an awesome meal. It is great for everyone to relax and enjoy the camaraderie after working so hard,” said Band Director Bud McCormick. On October 12, hosted their annual Showcase of Champions at Jackson Memorial High School. 19 visiting bands joined the Jags as they performed “Les Miserables,” for their home crowd.

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JTOWN Magazine | October, 2013

It’s Not The Water...

Jackson Pizza Maker: Jersey Shore Water is OK for Great Pizza


hen Brooklyn Restaurateur Peter Grippo decided to open a pizzeria in Jackson, he knew the area came with a stigma. Jersey Shore area pizzerias have been hearing the story for decades. “You can’t make good pizza because of the water.” “Nonsense,” said Grippo who owns Peter Pizza in Bensonhurst, a 4-star rated restaurant on Yelp! Now living in Jackson, Grippo said the key to making good pizza is good ingredients. “It has nothing to do with the water,” he explained. Grippo opened his Jackson restaurant, Brooklyn Square Pizza on New Prospect Road after seeing a business opportunity on Craigslist. After commuting to work from his home in Jackson six days a week, he said the restaurant was an opportunity for him to work closer to home and bring his Brooklyn style of pizza to his neighbors. Jackson has a large New York City transplant population. “The response has been great. People come in here for good food, and they’re happy,” he said. On weekends, there are now lines to sit in his restaurant dining room. “There’s a lot of former Brooklyn, North Jersey and Staten Island residents living here,” he said.


“But locals also are taking well to our food. They come back.” “The food here is just as good as my other store. The thing about the water here is a myth,” he said. “I use the best flour, everything is made here, it’s all fresh ingredients. When people here say it’s the water—it’s not the water—they just don’t know what they’re doing.” “I got customers from Brooklyn who moved to Westlake from Brooklyn who say everything tastes the same, it’s not the water, it’s the ingredients,” he said. Quality taste determine the ingredients Grippo uses. “I don’t care about cost. If I don’t like it, I don’t use it. If I won’t eat it, I won’t serve it to my customers.” Over the years, many New York restaurateurs would ship gallons of water from New York City to their New Jersey restaurants, claiming Jersey water can’t make good pizza. “It’s nonsense and a waste of time,” Grippo said. Grippo said the most popular pizza at his restaurant is his upside down square, made with cheese on the bottom and sauce on top and Nutella pizza, a desert pizza to enjoy after your pizza dinner. So, next time somebody tells you Jersey water is bad for pizza, tell them about Peter Grippo and Brooklyn Square Pizza.

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JTOWN Magazine | October, 2013

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n September and October, Jackson Elementary School students across the district participated in a “Walk to Remember”, hosted by Mr. Barry Rosenzweig, or as students know him, “Mr. R”. Mr Rosenzweig hosts the walk annually in partnership with the school district as a day of remembrance for America’s military veterans. Students are introduced to the importance of military service and to the sacrifices that have been made by millions of Americans to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy. “It doesn’t matter when you served, whether it was wartime, peace time, army, navy or coast guard,” Mr. Rosenweig told students at Holman Elementary School. “What matters is that they served to defend our country.” At each school, Mr. R led a walk to remember as he was joined at

times by students’ family members who have served in the armed forces. He instructed the students on how to pay their respects to a veteran by placing their right hand over their heart and to say, “Thank you for your service.” Although October has no formal veterans remembrance holidays, Rosenweig said the month is chosen because in May and November, months commonly associated with Veterans Day and Memorial Day, students are busy in testing cycles.

Switlik Elementary School students show their patriotism with Mr. R. on September 26th at the Walk to Remember.

Did you know? The United States was involved in the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1975. Nearly 40 years later, 1,350 American servicemen are still listed as either a Prisoner of War or Missing in Action (POW/ MIA).

Switlik Students salute America’s veterans.


Jackson School Board Member Sharon Dey, Elms Elementary School Principal Dr. Lisa, Mr. R and Mr N joined Mrs. Sumtka’s Encore Ensemble for patriot songs at Elms Elementary School’s “Walk to Remember”.

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by Beverly Cavico, age 9

Almost every kid in New Jersey either has Rainbow Loom, Crazy Loom, Fun Loom, or Magic Loom, the new rubber band bracelet kits. There are different kinds of rubber band bracelets such as single, fishtail, hexafish, starburst, triple-single, double-X and lots more. You can also make charms using the rubber bands, such as pumpkins, stars, and more. You don't just have to make bracelets. You can also make necklaces and rings too. There are even tie-dye rubber bands and glow in the dark bands too. You can Kids Corner is a place also buy charms for your bracelets. for kids grades Pre-k to 12 to show off their tal- These bracelet kits keep both boys and ents. Send your stories, girls off the couch and out of TV land. news, poetry, photos, Bracelets can be made anywhere, such artwork and creations as the car, a park, summer camp, or at via email to jtown@ school. I definitely recommend this craft.


JTOWN Magazine | October, 2013

Top: Mr. Burgos congratulates the summer reading contest winners at Elms Elementary School. Below: September’s “Bucket Fillers” from Swtilik Elementary. Students “fill buckets” by performing good deeds and doing nice things for others.

Holman 5th Grade Poet Among 12 State Finalists Erin Stilton, a fifth grade student at Holman Elementary School, was recently recognized as a winner of the annual NJ Recycling Poetry Contest. Erin, along with 12 other winners from the state, were formally acknowledged during a ceremony at the Jumping Brook Country Club. The contest is hosted yearly by the New Jersey Department of Energy for children in grades 4 through 6. There were thousands of entries submitted in 2013. The winning entries will be featured in a calendar that will be distributed to schools and government offices throughout the state. Erin is the first student from Jackson Township to be chosen as a finalist since the contest began in 1990’s, according to the New Jersey DEP. As a second grader, Erin was an invitee at the annual Young Author’s Conference, sponsored by the New Jersey Reading Association and has maintained a nearly perfect straight A report card throughout her elementary school education. Erin is the daughter of JTOWN editor, Phil Stilton. You might say she has an advantage over her peers being the daughter of a newspaper editor, but Mr. Stilton said, “Poetry was never something I excelled in. Police blotters and technical manuals–yes– so I can only credit the Jackson School District and the teachers at Holman Elementary School for expanding her horizons and introducing her to a writing form I would venture to say she did not learn at home.” In May, Erin published an ar-


ticle for the Ocean Signal newspaper as her school project for “Take your Sons and Daughters to Work Day”. The article was about the ongoing projects by the Jackson Department of Public Works as the town readied the parks for the 2013 season. JTOWN Magazine strongly supports and encourages student journalism and literacy. To publish your child’s works in the Ocean Signal, please email The Ocean Signal also welcomes news about student academic achievements.

Recycle By Erin Stilton As paper goes to waste, Another tree does too. If we don’t stop this, All trees might be through. It takes 700 years for plastic to decompose, Over one million for glass, If we litter these materials, Landfills will fill up too fast. It’s easy to recycle, Just throw them in a bin. The town comes and takes it, This makes us all win. Recycle glass and plastic, Aluminum and more. Reduce, reuse, recycle, And protect the Jersey Shore.

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JTOWN Magazine | October, 2013

Jackson Happenings...Mona Lisa Celebrates 3 Years...Mug Rack Moving


ongratulations to Peter and Sal Como at Mona Lisa Pizzera at Five Corners for their 3rd anniversary in Jackson. Peter and Sal have been serving their family recipes to Jackson Residents--who seem to really enjoy the food and service. Congratulations on your 3rd anniversary and we wish you many more...The Mug Rack will soon


be taking up space in their new home on Bennett’s Mills Road at the old location of the Country Stop Diner. Completely gutted and remodeled, the space is looking better than it ever has. The entire building has been redesigned inside and out. We wish Mr. Riccio the best of luck in his new location...John Burnetsky and Farley’s Ice Cream are back in town and after a busy summer, he’s preparing for the fall and winter with homemade holiday themed cakes...Meridian Wellness and Fitness, located at the new Meridian Health Village in Jackson is taking early enrollment for fitness classes. Visit their sales office at the Manhattan Street Plaza next to Dunkin’ Donuts. The fitness center will include a swimming pool and family oriented fitness and fun...Construction continues at the new Super WaWa at the intersection of Cooksbridge and Countyline Road...Don’t forget, now is the best time to register your child for spring sports. Visit the Holbrook Little League, Jackson Little League, Jackson Soccer

Club, Jackson Football and Jackson Pride lacrosse websites to find out when early registration dates begin...We would like to take a moment to send our condolences to Vito Cardinale, owner of the Jackson Crossing Plaza. In October, Mr. Cardinale suffered the loss of his wife Linda. On behalf of the residents of Jackson Township, we thank you for all you and your family have done for

the residents of Jackson and for the generous philanthropy work you have done over the years at the CentraState Hospital’s “Linda E. Cardinale” MS Center. Do you have a community or business brief to send for the next issue of JTOWN Magazine? Email it to by November 15th.

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JTOWN Magazine | October, 2013

Memorial Tied for First Class A South

Cheering to Fight Breast Cancer

Although the Jackson Memorial Jaguars overall record is 3-2 on the season, they maintain a 3-1 Class A South division record, tying them with Brick and Lacey for the top spot. This year, the Jags have outscored their opponents 130-78. Although the Jag snapped a three game win streak with a loss to Manalapan, followed by a disappointing 33-14 loss in October to Toms River South, they maintained a 14-12 lead at the half against South on touchdown runs from Ken Bradley and Joe DeMaio. On the other side of town, a new look Jackson Liberty football team is off to a dismal 1-4 start to the season, scoring an average of 10 points per game through the first five.

The Jackson Lions 7U travel baseball team raised $1,000 for breast cancer research when they participated in the recent USABL Halloween Tournament. The boys donned pink camouflage uniforms with pink eye black, pink wristbands and pink laces. Team mom Sharon Costello walked in a breast cacner walked and raised the $1,000 donated from the team.


Jackson Jaguar YFC Cheerleaders sported pink socks and bows during their performances during October to support awareness for breast cancer.

WHILE WE WERE AWAY...Did you know that the Holbrook Little League softball girls 12U all-star team won the District 18 all-star championship this summer? It was the first time ever that a Jackson softball team won the local little league softball championship...and they did it in their first season playing as a league.

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Going For the Gold...

Jersey Shore YFC Pediatric Cancer Donation

JTOWN Magazine | October, 2013

Through the inspiration and leadership of Michele Cramer, Maureen Olsen, Mayor Michael Reina and his wife Laura, Jackson Youth Football and Cheer, partnering with New Jersey American Youth Football has raised over $8,500 for local charities that support pediatric cancer research and patient support. Through a month long fundraising effort, the children and families of the NJAYF participated in the “Paint the Shore Gold” program, wearing gold decals on their football helmets and gold ribbons for the cheerleaders. By selling the ribbons and decals to participants in each league and around their respective towns, the shore football clubs raised the money which was given to four local charities Saturday night, October 12th. In total, 39 football and cheer

associations throughout Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex Counties participated in the fundraiser. The recipients were The Reina Family and Charitique Foundation, The Olsen Family and the Chase Ryan Olsen Foundation, the Cramer Family and the Josh Cramer Foundation, and Oceans of Love, of Toms River. ”Each of the charities were given checks for $2,2,10,” said Dean Pinto, “The additional $2,000 was presented to two cheerleaders in the organization currently battling cancer.” NJAYF President Craig Karahuta and Jackson YFC President Dean Pinto presented the check to the families and representatives of each organization. In honor of Josh Cramer, the league’s annual championship MVP trophy has been renamed “The Josh Cramer MVP Award”.

Cut-A-Thon Raises Money for High School Sports

With cuts to funding of school sports, the staff at Justin’s Barbershop in Jackson joined forces with the Jackson Liberty Wrestling and Football team to help raise money for their sports programs this season. The CutA-Thon went on all day and helped raise money for the student athletes and their families to offset the costs of participation. Justin’s barbers donated their Sunday to help the Lions ahead of their upcoming season.

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resh from the boardwalk of Atlantic City NJ marching in the Miss America Parade, the Jackson Liberty Lion Band will be performing in yet another parade in NYC this upcoming Sunday. Through a recommendation, the band was contacted to perform in the opening ceremony of the Pulaski Parade in NYC on October 6th. They will then lead the four hour parade up 5th Ave. The band will perform the Polish National Anthem as well as the United States National Anthem at the grand stand as the Mayor of NY and other distinguished guests

kick off the parade. The Liberty Lion Band has marched in the NYC St Patrick’s Day parade, was the Official Representative for the State of NJ in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC, and most recently, marched behind Miss NJ in the Miss America Parade. In the few short years Jackson Liberty High School has been open, the band has been making a name for themselves in both parades and competitions. For more information, you can visit their website at

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Meridian Fitness and Wellness is Coming to Jackson

Located at the newly constructed Meridian Health Village, Meridian Fitness and Wellness is an innovative total wellness facility that will provide its members with the proper environment, education, motivation, and professional instruction to assist them in achieving all of their health and fitness goals. “Jackson represented a unique opportunity for us (Tilton Fitness Management) to partner with Meridian Health and fill a void within the local community for a medically based health, wellness and fitness program,” said Executive Director, Gar Simers. “Together we are working to bring the most spectacular, professional, and comprehensive health and rehabilitation center to the people of central New Jersey.” “Jackson is a community committed to family, specifically the health and wellness of children as is evident in the breadth and depth of their youth activities. For this reason, we knew that Jackson was the right place for us to grow our organization,” said Simers. The new Meridian Fitness and Wellness facility will offer over

30,000 square feet of fitness space and amenities including state of the art equipment, a Junior Olympic aquatics facility, Pilates and Spin Studios, Childcare and a Recovery Zone juice bar. Members will also have access to nutritional counseling, award winning Group Exercise classes, and personalized fitness programs developed by a team of Certified Personal Trainers. “There are so many qualities that set Meridian Fitness and Wellness apart from the rest of those in the fitness industry; One of them being our experienced, dedicated and professional staff that fosters an environment of member-centered care and support for those seeking the very best in health and fitness,” said Simers. Meridian Fitness and Wellness’ professional team of nurses, physical therapists, certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors will provide the motivation, guidance and education that members need to achieve long lasting fitness, weight loss and rehabilitative results. Meridian Fitness and Wellness understands the important role

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that regular physical activity plays is disease prevention, rehabilitation and the improvement of overall health. “Our team of medical and fitness professionals takes care and consideration of each individual’s health history. We pride ourselves on offering effective programming that accommodates all ages and fitness levels,” said Simers. In addition, community members will have convenient access to a suite of progressive health services including primary and urgent care, advanced medical and surgical specialists as well as imaging and laboratory services at the Meridian Health Village. According to Simers, Meridian Fitness and Wellness hopes to provide the town of Jackson with not only a mind-body facility but with support services that enhance the community’s commitment to pursue healthy, active lifestyles. “We are very proud to be partnering with Meridian Health in developing this extraordinary new fitness facility,” remarks Tilton Fitness Management Presi-

dent Sam Young. “We are looking forward to building a relationship with the residents of Jackson and the surrounding communities in the months and years to come.” Meridian Fitness and Wellness is expected to open in the winter of 2013-2014. For a sneak peak of the state of the art equipment or for an advanced membership, Simers recommends visiting the Meridian Fitness and Wellness sales office located at 715 Bennetts Mills Road in the Manhattan Street Plaza. For additional information, please call (732) 928-1126 or visit Tilton Fitness Management (TFM) is an innovative management company that develops, owns and operates commercial and hospital-affiliated health and fitness clubs. In business for more than 30 years, Tilton Fitness Management is a nationally recognized leader in health club operations. Its president and CEO, Sam Young, is widely regarded as one of the most progressive and visionary leaders in the industry.




JTOWN Magazine - October/Fall 2013