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DECEMBER 2016
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"Silent Night!, Holy Night!"
You are invited to join us at Crossbridge
Community Church of Ocean County, 120 N. Main Street
(Village Green Shopping Center), Forked River, NJ as we
celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Join
us for our musical, Sunday, December 18 at 10:30 AM.
Please join us again on December 24 at 6 PM for our
Christmas Eve candlelight service, and for our Worship
Service on Christmas Day, December 25 at 10:30 AM. For
additional information, call 609-549-1214 or go to
crossbridgeofocean.org.
Night in Bethlehem
Forked River Baptist Church will be hosting “A
Night in Bethlehem” on December 9th from 6pm-9pm and
December 10th from 2pm-5pm. This is a free event where
guests will explore the town of Bethlehem on the night
Jesus was born. There are shops, crafts and a live nativity!
All are welcome.
For more information, call: 609-693-2726.
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Rotary Minute
~~ from the Public Relations desk
On Saturday, November 5th, 490 Rotarians,
Interactors, friends, and many children came together for 4
hours in three locations across District 7500, during which
time they packed 70,632 balanced, nutritious meals that are
already on their way to children in need throughout the
world. Rotarians from Clubs in our immediate area were
assigned to St Mary’s in Manahawkin to pack the goal
number of 22,000 meals. The morning session packed
10,000 meals. We finished off the afternoon session with
13,328 meals, for a total of 23,328 Meals!!! We packed so
many meals they ran out of boxes to pack them in!!
November 11
th,
Veterans Day, marked the final day
of our Adopt-A-Flag program for 2016. If you’ve ever
wondered where those American Flags came from, the ones
you see flying proudly along the Rt 9 and Lacey Rd
corridors, they are there because of the joint efforts of the
Forked River Rotary and the businesses who sponsor and
support this tradition of saluting the USA! Don’t be left out
in 2017! See any Rotarian for more information on how
you can be part of this show of pride!
On Friday November 18th, the members of the
Lacey High School Interact Club, along with their Rotary
mentors, packed, sacked and distributed complete
Thanksgiving dinners for more than 200 families on the
Lacey Food Bank client list and our neighbors in need in
Waretown. For more than 25 years Thanksgiving and
Rotary have been synonymous in Lacey and in Waretown.
With turkeys provided by WalMart and the trimmings from
ShopRite, Interact members and Rotarians alike experienced
firsthand the true meeting of a shared harvest feast!
Then, with the groceries distributed for
Thanksgiving barely put away in the cupboard, Forked
River Rotarians set up post outside of the Walmart in
Lanoka Harbor on Saturday 11/19 from 8am to 4pm for
their Rotary Day of Giving Food Drive, a day geared to
restocking the shelves at the Lacey Food Bank. In
anticipation of another cold winter, the Lacey Food Bank
is need of shelf stable food items such as canned soups, chili
and hearty stews, canned tuna and canned chicken, peanut
butter and jelly, cereal, pasta, tomato and spaghetti sauce
(canned no bottles please) and “boxed” milk such as
Parmalat. And since the Lacey Food Bank is pet friendly,
for the 4 legged friends of the food bank clients, donations
of dog and cat food were appreciated as well. Thank You
WalMart and WalMart Shoppers for your support of this
Rotary effort to help those in our community who need it
the most!
Coming Events!!
The Christmas Elf Program sponsored by the
Forked River Rotary will hold its annual distribution of gifts
and toys to needy children in Lacey and Waretown this
month. Look for photos and a recap in the next edition of
the Gazette!
SAVE THE DATE!! The WIZARDS are coming
back to challenge the teachers and staff of the Lacey
Township Schools to a fast paced game of B-Ball in
February 2017. Check our Facebook page for more details
on tickets and advance registration as that information
becomes available. It’s a Family Fun Night sponsored by
Lacey Township High School Interact Club and their Rotary
mentors!
On behalf of the Officers and Members of the
Rotary Club of Forked River, we wish all our friends and
neighbors a Joyous Christmas and Holiday Season and a
Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Becoming a member of Rotary of Forked River is
more than just attending meetings and supporting
fundraisers. Being a member of Rotary means forging
friendships and associations that reach far beyond Lacey.
With more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide and 1.2
million fellow Rotarians our opportunities to be part of
Rotary Serving Humanity has never been greater. The
Rotary Club of Forked River provides programs and
opportunities locally, nationally and internation-
ally. Locally, the Rotary Club of Forked River
provides for scholarships and youth programs, ongoing park
improvements, educational aids and holiday food and
gift programs for needy families and so much more. As
members of Rotary International, we play a role in End
Polio Now and the Gift of Life Project. International
advancement in providing for clean water and educational
opportunities also top the list of ongoing international
projects. We invite you to become a member of
Rotary. We offer both day and evening meetings to
accommodate today’s busy schedules. The Rotary Club of
Forked River and its Evening Satellite Division meets on
Tuesdays at the Captains Inn.
Italian American Social Club of Lacey
The Italian American Social Club of Lacey meets
the first Tuesday of the month at the Community Hall,
Route 9 and Lacey Road, Forked River, 7 PM. Members of
Italian Heritage are welcomed.
Forked River Old Guard Meeting
The Forked River Old Guard, a non-affiliated
social club for men 55 and older, meets every Monday at
the Lacey Township Community Hall on the corner of Rt. 9
N and E. Lacey Rd. Social hour begins at 9 AM followed
by a general membership meeting at 10 AM. New members
welcome.
Lacey Food Bank
“A Community Caring, By Sharing”
Food Distribution Dates For 2016
December 15 & 16
All distributions will be held at the Food Bank
building, on the corner of 102 Station Drive and Parker; one
block in from Route 9. Entry is at the REAR of the
building.
If you are unable to get to us due to disability or
illness, call for assistance in getting your food. Leave a
message on the food bank machine at 609-242-2848 and
someone will call you back.
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DOWN TO EARTH
Christmas cards I think everyone
knows what a greeting card is, an
illustrated piece of card or high quality
paper featuring an expression of friend-
ship or other sentiment, but did you know that greeting
cards were exchanged in ancient times by the Chinese and
Egyptians. The Chinese exchanged handmade messages of
good will to one another for the New Year, they were
brightly colored and designed to frighten away the monster
Nian, who was a beast believed to live under the sea or in
the mountains. The monster only came out around the time
of Chinese New Year in the spring. Nian would attack
everyone, but preferred children and was reported to have a
sensitivity to loud noises and had a fear of the color red. The
ancient Egyptians also used papyrus scrolls to send
greetings and for record keeping.
As early as the 1400's, the Germans were printing
New Year greeting cards made from woodcuts and in
Europe, sometime in the mid 1500's, handmade paper
Valentines were being exchanged, as this custom spread, it
grew to also include Christmas greeting cards. In 1843, Sir
Henry Coke, a British civil servant and inventor
commissioned his friend John Callcott Horsley to design a
Christmas card for that year. Horsley designed a triptych
(Three paneled card), with the two side panels depicting
clothing and feeding the poor, the center panel featured a
party of adults and children, eating and drinking. The card
bore the inscription "merry Christmas and a happy New
Year to you.", The word “Merry” at the time was a spiritual
word meaning “blessed.” Only about one thousand cards
were printed and sold for six pence each. Today there are
believed to be only three or four cards still in existence. One
of Sir Henry’s first Christmas cards, sent to his
Grandmother was recently sold at auction for 22,500
pounds (27,400 US dollars.)
In 1875, Louis Prang, a Boston based printer,
introduced the Christmas card to the American public, he is
widely known as “The Father of the American Christmas
Card.” More about him can be found on the Net at http://
blog.nyhistory.org/prang/ .
Throughout the years since then, Christmas cards
are sent worldwide, some are hand delivered, as they were
in ancient times, some by various countries postal systems,
and some electronically using the Internet. It is estimated
that 1.5 billion Christmas cards were sent here in the US by
a population of 308 million in 2010 and around 679 million
in the UK, which had a population of 63 million. Only 15
percent of Christmas cards are bought by men. 45 percent of
all greeting cards sent are Christmas cards. Each year in
Finland, Santa receives 600,000 Christmas cards.
My thoughts on Christmas cards When my
mother was alive, being totally deaf, communication by
mail was one of her main contacts with the outside, so the
Christmas card list was one of her favorite things, it was a
time when she could connect with family and friends, and
bring everyone up to date on what had happened in the past
year. I have tried to keep up Mom's Christmas card list
tradition, but as I get older, sadly the list gets shorter, so it is
a happy sight when I receive a card from all those I sent to.
I found a good definition of Christmas on
History.com, which I quote in full, A Christian holiday
honoring the birth of Jesus Christ, Christmas evolved over
two millennia into a worldwide religious and secular
celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian, pagan
traditions into the festivities along the way. Today,
Christmas is a time for family and friends to get together
and exchange gifts.”
Things to remember to place on your Christmas
list: The Salvation Army; PBA toy drives of our various
towns; Food drives of our various churches and
organizations; Our service people.
And, lastly as Tiny Tim said, “God bless us,
everyone.”
Woman's Club of Lacey
Woman's Club of Lacey meets every second
Wednesday of each month at 10:30 am at the Lacey
Community Hall, Route 9N and E. Lacey Road, Forked
River. The club is organized exclusively for charitable and
educational purposes, and is a non-profit
organization. Membership is opened to all women. Visit us
on our website www.womanscluboflacey.org and come out
to our meeting, see what the Woman's Club is all about and
how you can get involved. For more information and
membership contact Adrienne at 732-604-5042 or email
adriennewcl@comcast.net
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Bus Trip to Devils vs. Flyers game
The Lacey Township Recreation Department is
currently taking registration for a bus trip to the Prudential
Center to see the New Jersey Devils face off against their
Metropolitan Division and I-95 rivals the Philadelphia
Flyers on Thursday, December 22
nd
.
Our Recreation Bus will leave from the rear
Municipal Building Parking Lot at 5 p.m. Tickets for the
game are $50 which includes bus transportation to and from
the game as well as a game ticket in the 100 level of the
arena. We are also offering ½ price food vouchers to be
used at the Prudential Center, a voucher for $10 worth of
food can be purchased for those attending the trip for just
$5.
Lacey Township residents can register for this
exciting trip at the Recreation Office, 818 Lacey Road, on
Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM to
4:30 PM. Registration is taken on a first come, first served
basis and all checks should be made payable to Lacey
Township. If you have any questions, please contact the
Lacey Township Recreation Department at (609) 693
1100 ext 2203.
Christmas Cantata
“Jesus! The Advent of the Messiah!” by Mary
McDonald and Rose Aspinall will be presented by the
choirs of the Forked River Presbyterian Church on Sunday,
December 11
th
at 3”00 PM.
Through powerful original songs, favored carols,
and dramatic spirituals, we celebrate the season of Jesus’
birth and honor the gift of our Savior.
Gathering music will begin at 2:30 PM. At 3 PM
the combined Hand Bell and Chancel Choirs will present
the Cantata. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.
Admission is free a good will offering will be
taken. We are located at 131 North Main Street (Route 9)
where everyone is welcome. Contact the office at 609-693-
5624 on Mon Fri from 9 AM to 1 PM for information.
Thank You
Thank you to Lacey Township for its fabulous
support and attendance at the Knights of Columbus 6522
Ladies Auxiliary Fall Festival -- "Soup 'n Sandwich" held
on November 13th. at the Columbian Hall at 15 E. Lacey
Road, Forked River, NJ.
Lacey Municipal Alliance Luncheons
December & January
Lacey Residents, with the holidays fast
approaching the Senior Connection Luncheon will be held
Friday, December 2, 2016, 11:30am, Community Hall, Rt. 9
& Lacey Rd. Forked River.
Get out your Christmas ugly sweaters and a prize
will be awarded for the ugliest Christmas sweater. We look
forward to seeing everyone in their festive garb.
Entertainment will be provided by NJ Troubadour,
Valerie Vaughn. The Lacey High School Chorus will also
do a sing-a-long.
After the holidays, our next luncheon will be
Friday, January 27, 2017. The theme will be Chinese New
Year. Join us as we celebrate the Year of the Rooster You
must pre-register and pay $6.00 by the Monday before the
luncheon. If you pre-register and do not pay until the day of
the luncheon the cost is $7.00. If you do not pre-register
and come on the day of the luncheon, the cost is $8.00.
Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year
to every one!!
Christmas Bazaar
Village Lutheran Church Ladies Aid will hold their
annual Christmas Bazaar on Friday, December 2 from 6:00
PM to 9:00 PM, and Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 AM
to 2:00 PM.
They will have a variety of handmade items,
including Christmas ornaments, new wreaths and
centerpieces, jams, hard candy and chocolate, packaged
spices, stamped greeting cards, “Gifts in a Jar”, knitted and
crocheted items, no-sew pillows, kitchen items, wooden
items, soaps, and much more. You can also buy tickets for
our raffle prizes. It is a great place to pick up teacher gifts,
stocking stuffers, and gifts for all those “hard-to buy-for”
people on your list. There will be a baked goods table, and
the kitchen will be selling food both Friday and Saturday, so
plan on eating with us! Of course, Santa will be available
both days, so bring the whole family and your camera!!!
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Pearl Harbor 75
th
Anniversary to be
Remembered at Ocean County Library
Ocean County Library will commemorate the
anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor during a special
remembrance program 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 in
its Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street.
“As we come together to commemorate the 75
th
anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor we remember the
more than 2,000 American soldiers and sailors that died that
day and another 1,000 that were wounded,” said Ocean
County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison
to the Ocean County Library. “This attack resulted in the
destruction of nearly 20 American naval vessels and more
than 300 airplanes.”
The library will call attention to those events with
video clips taken of the attack, artifacts from the era, and
reflections about the war from World War II Marine veteran
Jim DiPiazza, who fought in the Pacific Theater.
DiPiazza enlisted in the Marines in 1943 and
served in the Philippines, often behind enemy lines, and at
Iwo Jima.
The program is free and open to the public but
registration is requested. For more information about the
program or to register call the Toms River Branch at 732-
349-6200 or visit its website
www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events &
News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”
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Business Feature: Forked River Gifts &
Collectibles
Do you remember when Forked River Pharmacy
was located where Linda's Pizza is located? How about
when it was where Lacey Pet Store is on Lacey Road in
Forked River? Maybe when it was located where Fuji
Japanese Restaurant on Route 9 in Forked River? This is
the one I remember! Forked River Gift and Collectibles
most recent location has been on Route 9 in Forked River,
since 1990.
Even though they have been in many locations
throughout Lacey, they have always offered many beautiful
gifts and wonderful customer service.
"Best store ever, I can always find what I need.
Don't ever close!" said Mary
Over the years, Elaine Miller, owner, has been
witness to many trends. The Beanie Babies is one of the
hottest and most sought after merchandise. Some people
went as far as following the UPS truck to be sure to be
present when shipment was delivered.
Elaine remembers, "Hummel's used to be delivered
in tissue paper in large wooden crates that you would have
to pry open; people were on wait lists for pieces."
Year after year many customers come back to
purchase their dated Hallmark Christmas ornaments,
Precious Moments or Cherished Teddies piece. Most
recently, Dept. 56 and Jim Shore lines have been most
popular.
We have an extensive line and display of Dept. 56
villages. There are six different villages: Snow Village,
North Pole, New England, Alpine, Dickens, and Christmas
in the City.
Come visit the beautiful display of Christmas
villages. Each house and building is so full of detail from
the little light and flag outside, to each little cobblestone and
snow on the roof. It really is such a craft.
Some products you may not be aware that Forked
River Gifts & Collectible's carry are: a large variety of
nativity sets, jewelry, scarves, decorative plates, wedding
and baby items, house wares, mugs and picture frames for
various occasions, and beer steins.
Some product lines you may not be aware that
Forked River Gifts & Collectible's carries carry are:
Christopher Radko ornaments, Snoozies Slipper (babies to
adults for females only), Fenton Glass (made in USA),
Byer's Choice Caroler's (USA), Pipka, David Winter
Cottage's, Lizzie High Doll. Besides Hallmark cards, they
carry Blue Mountain Arts and Leanin Tree cards. They also
have some exquisite vintage decor.
Forked River Gifts and Collectibles is located at
605 S. Main Street in Forked River, NJ 08731; 609-693-
7327. They are open 7 days a week. Forked River Gift and
Collectibles has NJ Lottery, cigarettes, fragrances & Russell
Stover candy.
See ad on page 13
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Mark R. Vogel
foodforthoughtonline.net
Holiday Party Hors d’oeuvres V
Welcome to the 5
th
edition of Holiday Party Hors
d’oeuvres. Here’s another yearly compilation of recipes to
spruce up your holiday parties. Eat, drink and be merry!
BAKED SHRIMP BALLS
This recipe comes from Chef Mary Ellen Scott.
Check out her website at thatsmyhome.com
2 pounds shelled, deveined shrimp, minced
6 canned water chestnuts, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 teaspoons olive oil
Pepper to taste
Lemon wedges
Place all of the ingredients except the lemon wedges
into a bowl and mix together. Shape mixture into small
balls. Place the balls on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
Drizzle balls with olive oil and bake at 350º for 25 minutes.
Serve with the lemon wedges.
LENTIL SPREAD
This recipe comes from Chef Sheilah Kaufman.
Check out her website at: cookingwithsheilah.com
½ cup lentils
1 onion, chopped
Olive oil, as needed
2 hard boiled eggs
½ cup walnuts
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste
In a pot of water bring the lentils to boil. Reduce
the heat and simmer for 45 minutes or until the lentils are
softened. Meanwhile sauté the onion in the olive oil until
soft. In a food processor, blend the lentils, onion, eggs and
walnut leaving the mixture a little bit chunky. Stir in the
mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Cover and chill. If possible,
allow the mixture to rest overnight so the flavors can marry.
Serve on crackers or party breads.
CROSTINI WITH MUSHROOMS
This recipe comes from Chef Ann Hall
Every. Check out her website at: cookwithaloha.com
18 ½-inch slices of Italian or French bread
4 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing
on the bread
2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
1 ½ lbs. assorted fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley plus sprigs for garnish
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat up the broiler unit in your oven. Place bread
slices in a single layer on a cookie sheet, brush with extra
virgin olive oil, and broil until lightly browned on each side.
Rub the cut side of the garlic halves over each bread slice
and reserve. Heat the four tablespoons of olive oil in a
12-inch skillet until it shimmers and add the mushrooms.
Sauté over medium-high heat until mushrooms have
released their juices and are slightly browned,
approximately 10 - 15 minutes. Stir in the minced parsley,
salt and pepper. Spoon an even amount of mushrooms on
the toasted bread slices and arrange crostini on a serving
platter and garnish with parsley sprigs.
GOLDEN LATKE COINS
Latkes are potato pancakes. This recipe comes
from Chef Faith Alahverdian.
1 ½ cups vegetable oil for frying
3 lbs. russet potatoes
2 medium onions
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon matzo meal
2 extra large eggs
1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
¼ teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon baking powder
Applesauce, sour cream, chives, or smoked salmon, (opt.)
Heat up the oil in a wide, deep skillet. Grate the
potatoes and onions into a large bowl. Transfer the mixture
to a strainer and squeeze out the excess water. Mix in the
matzo meal. In a separate bowl whisk the eggs, salt, pepper
and baking powder. Combine with the potato/onion mix-
ture. Divide mixture evenly to form small latkes. Place
them in the oil to fry. Flatten them with a spatula. When
the edges are golden, flip and fry the other side. Transfer
them to a plate lined with paper towels and sprinkle with a
little extra salt. If desired, serve with additional garnishes
such as applesauce, sour cream, chives or smoked salmon.
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Fashion Show
The Woman's Club of Lacey will be hosting a
Fashion Show on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 at 12 noon in
the Community Hall, E Lacey Road and Route 9 N, Forked
River. Fashions are sponsored by Macy's, cost is $25.00
which includes lunch, fashion show and entertainment.
Come and enjoy the fun. For information call Fran at 609-
693-0067.
Lacey Garden Club News
The Lacey Garden Club will be starting 2017 with
some fun programs. On Thursday, January 5th, join us for a
New Year's Games Extravaganza. On Thursday, February
2nd, we will have a members-only auction that benefits the
club. We meet the first Thursday of the month at Commu-
nity Hall at the corner of Route 9 and Lacey Road in Forked
River. The social time is at 1:00 followed by the business
meeting and program at 1:30. New members are always
welcome and no gardening experience is necessary.
Upcoming Event for Crestwood Village
III
Saturday, December 3, 6:00pm--Christmas Tree Lighting--
Join in the festivities including singing of Christmas carols
and cookies and hot chocolate.
Saturday, December 10, 7-11:00pm--Holiday Dance--
Tickets are $8and can be purchased on Mondays Nov 21
and 28 and Dec 5 from 9:00 - 11:00 A.M. at Unity Hall 250
Schoolhouse Rd, Whiting NJ. There will be table setups,
dessert , coffee or tea. For further info contact Cornelia at
732- 350- 6128.
January 20, 5-8pm--Popular Pizza Night will be provided
by Side Car Charlie. Menu will include salad two slices of
pizza, soda, dessert, coffee or tea. Price is $10. Tickets will
be sold on Mon Jan 2 and 9 from 9:00-11:00 A.M at Unity
Hall 250 Schoolhouse Road Whiting N.J. For further info
call Bill at 732-569-8042 or Jack at 732-941-4664.
Crestwood Village IV Golden Age Bingo
"You can't win if you don't play" Every Tuesday
Night!!! Our doors open at 4 pm! Join us for dinner or a
sandwich made by our excellent Bingo Chief. Games starts
at 6! For your connivance a COMPLIMENTARY BUS
RIDE is available to pick you up and take you home. Call
Jerry 732-350-0230 ext.15
Resident Club Village 5 Flea Market
Come out to our Flea Market on December 17
from 8:30am to 1:00pm.to see what you have been missing
out on. We have over 50 friendly vendors, come on in and
check out our great bargains. If you just want to catch up
with your friends, stop by our kitchen for breakfast or lunch.
Hope to see you here at 325 Schoolhouse Rd, Whiting, NJ.
We have a flea market every third Saturday of every month.
Our next one is January 21st from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. If
you are interested in renting a table the cost is $10.00 per
table. Please call Dennis @ 732-350-0739.
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Lacey Library December Events
December 5, 7-9pm--Let Freedom Sing: The Music
That Inspired The Civil Rights Movement--Join us for
this engaging multimedia concert which explains how music
can move and motivate people to action. Sing along and
learn about the power of the songs that protesters sang as
they fought for justice and equality. Please register
December 6, 7-8pm--Meet Author Frank Finale--Join
author Frank Finale as he reads selections from his new
book To the Shore Once More Volume III: Life at the Jersey
Shore. - Prose, poetry, and works of art. Q&A and book
signing to follow. Please register
December 13, 6:30-8:00pm--Pete Wagula: The Winter
Concert--Listen to the beautiful sounds of Pete Wagula,
master guitarist in a mellow coffeehouse setting. Coffee
and light refreshments. Space is limited so register
early. Please register
To register call 609-693-8566 or go to our website: http://
theoceancountylibrary.org
Thyroid Support Group
The next meeting of the Thyroid Support Group
will be on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 10am at St.
Stephen's Episcopal Church, 180 Route 539, Whiting.
Monthly meetings are held to educate and support people
with a thyroid problem, interest in thyroids, or a potential
thyroid problem. If you have any questions, please call the
Facilitator, Stefanie at (732) 350-2904.
Lacey Elk’s Lodge ~ New Years Eve
Celebration
Lacey Elk's Lodge # 2518 of the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elk will host a “New Year’s Eve Celebration” on
Saturday, December 31, 2016 from 7pm until 12. This event
is open to the public. All are welcome. The Celebration will
feature, Mr. Lou Abbato, back by popular demand, an
entertainer who DJ’s and sings the golden era of Sinatra and
friends. Come on out and sing and reminisce along with us
while ushering in the New Year.
Ticket donation is $50 per person which includes
entertainment, refreshments from 8 pm - 12 pm, dinner
buffet, coffee and dessert, New Year’s Eve party favors and
a Champagne toast. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Entertainment
begins at 7 pm, Dinner at 8 pm. Semi-formal attire please.
To purchase tickets or to obtain additional
information, please call the Lacey Elk's Lounge at 609-693-
9831 or 609-693-1281. Lacey Elk's Lodge # 2518 is located
at 900 Beach Boulevard, Forked River, New Jersey.
Who Dun It
The Woman's Club of Lacey will be presenting
a Holiday Performance, "Who Dun It?" at no cost on
Tuesday, December 20, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the Community
Hall, E Lacey Road and Route 9N Forked River. All
members of the community are welcome, Bring the
children, Santa will be there with a special treat.
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Should You Pay Off Your Home
Mortgage Early?
Many people who carry a home mortgage dream of
the day when they will no longer face the burden of a
monthly house bill. They want the financial freedom and
the satisfaction of owning their home outright. Does that
mean you should make paying off your mortgage early a
priority? The answer depends on your circumstances and
goals. One question you should ask yourself is, “Would the
money you spend on your home loan be better spent on or
invested in another financial opportunity?”
Getting a different perspective on debt
Reducing debt as early as possible could help you
avoid costly interest rate charges. You may have experience
with this principle if you’ve eliminated credit card debt or a
car loan. While your home mortgage is a type of debt, the
same concept may not apply. In certain instances, staying
true to your repayment terms may be best for your financial
situation for these reasons:
1. The interest rates on mortgages tend to be more
reasonable than other types of credit, and the terms
often provide more certainty (30-year fixed rate
mortgage).
2. The interest you pay can potentially be deducted
from your taxes. This deduction makes a mortgage
much more cost-efficient on an after-tax basis than
most other forms of debt. If mortgage interest is part
of your tax strategy, consider if you’ll be able to
itemize deductions once you own your home
outright.
3. If you’ve reaped the benefits of today’s historically
low interest rate environment (by refinancing or
purchasing a home recently), your payment could
be half of what homeowners paid 15 years ago
1
.
On the other hand, the earlier you pay off your loan, the
longer you could have the opportunity to invest the money
each month. This additional investment could help you
achieve a more secure financial future. To see if investing
may make sense, compare your interest rate to what you
could reasonably expect to earn in market returns.
Factoring in time
As you evaluate your situation, you should
consider the time you expect to stay in your home and how
close you are to retirement. Those who are approaching
retirement or are already retired may prefer to be done with
the monthly expense of a mortgage. Since this is also a
stage in life when your investment approach may be more
conservative, the tradeoff of reducing your balance rather
than investing may not be as significant. Those who are in
this position may want to consider if accelerating payments
today would help reduce housing expenses in retirement.
The same is true for those who plan to stay in their
homes for a long time. Reducing your loan may be
appealing if it results in years of living without a house bill.
Younger homeowners should explore methods of
accelerating their mortgage pay down. Among the strategies
to consider are contributing more money each month,
refinancing your mortgage over a shorter term (i.e., a 15-
year mortgage instead of a 30-year one) or occasionally
making a larger, lump sum payment to reduce the balance.
Considering the emotional side
Deciding if you should carry a home mortgage is
not only a rational decision, but an emotional one as well.
Your home is where you raise your family, create memories
and return to each day. How important is it for you to know
that you will own your home free and clear?
As you think about your decision, be sure you’re in
a position to not jeopardize your financial security today by
putting additional funds toward your home. Adjusting your
monthly bill will impact your cash flow, and you’ll want to
have flexibility in your budget to cover unexpected
expenses. Review your financial circumstances carefully
before you decide what’s right for you.
1
“Mortgage rates: What to expect in 2016.” Lending-
Tree.com. Feb. 2016. (https://www.lendingtree.com/
mortgage-rates/mortgage-rates-what-to-expect-in-2016-
article)
Daniel Covell, CRPC®, is a Financial Advisor
and Vice President with Ameriprise Financial
Services, Inc. in West Creek, NJ. He specializes
in fee-based financial planning and asset
management strategies and has been in practice
for 15 years. To contact him, call (609) 318-8000
x2. RM Financial Management, a financial advisory
practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. 1064 S Main
Street, Suite 1A, West Creek NJ 08092.
American Polish Club of Whiting
December 4--Resort Casino for Broadway Holiday
starring Ron Sharpe and Barbara Russell; includes show
ticket, $10 slot play, r/t transportation. $30pp
December 19--Tropicana Casino for Holiday Show;
includes show ticket, $15 slot play, r/t transportation and
Carmines Lunch voucher. $47pp
April 30, 2017 - May 7, 2017 - A 7 night cruise to
Bermuda, leaving from NYC on the Norwegian
Breakaway. For Further Information Call Ed 732- 350-0216
Resident Club Village 5 New Year Eve
Gala
Hilltop Clubhouse will host their New Year Eve
Gala on December 31, 2016 from 7:00pm till 12:30 am at
325 Schoolhouse Rd Whiting. Music by " Don Pesce" and
caterer By Joey Dee`s. Menu: Sausage & Peppers, Eggplant
Rollatini, Meatballs, Chicken Francese, salad, bread,
dessert, coffee, tea, snacks, set-up drinks. BYOB. Cost:
$35.00pp. Non-Refundable. No Tickets sold at the door.
Tickets can be purchased every Tuesday from 11 am
till noon. Please call Debbie @ 201-618-8514 for
reservations.
Check out our website:
www.forkedrivergazette.com
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LCA Kids Craft Day
Lacey Christian Assembly, 2206 West Lacey
Road, Forked River, will host a Kids Craft Day on
December 17, 2016, from 12noon to 3pm. There will be
FREE pizza & cupcakes, soft drinks, plus all kinds of crafts
& games. All children welcomed. Wishing All A Merry
Christmas!
St. Francis Community Center $5,000
Travel Gift Certificate Raffle
Looking for a unique Christmas gift? Want to get
away this winter? Do you have a birthday or anniversary in
your future? Look no further, St. Francis Community Center
is raffling off a $5,000 Travel Gift Certificate, which makes
a great gift for Christmas or any occasion. Why not stop by
and purchase a raffle ticket (or two) for your chance for a
great trip! Only 1,000 tickets are being sold and tickets are
only $25.00 each. Tickets are currently on sale at the Front
Desk of the St. Francis Community Center located at 4700
Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ. Mail in order
forms is also available on line at the Center’s website:
www.stfranciscenterlbi.orgor facebook page: facebook.com/
stfrancislbi.
The winner will be announced on Sunday,
February 5, 2017 at 1:45 pm during the Super Plunge XII
Sunday festivities. After the dip in the chilly Atlantic Ocean
participants head back to St. Francis Community Center for
warm drinks and snacks. The Travel Gift Certificate is
redeemable at face value for air, sea, rail, auto and other
travel related services and is not redeemable for cash. The
Travel Gift Certificate may be redeemed at Home Town
Travel, 128 Bartlett Avenue, Bartlett Commons, Rt. 9
South, West Creek, NJ (609-597-5100). The winner of the
drawing does not need to be present.
For information please call 609-494-8861 or
www.stfranciscenterlbi.org. All proceeds will benefit the
many programs available to the community at St. Francis
Community Center.
Jenkinson's Aquarium December
Events
Saturday, December 3
rd
9:30-11:00am--Behind the Scenes
Tour--Discover what goes on behind the scenes at our
aquarium while you tour the building from top to bottom!
Pre-registration & sneakers are required. Ages 5 and up
only. $15 Adults. $10 Children.
Saturday, December 10
th
9:00-10:00am--Animal
Adventures: Reptiles--This series of programs is designed
for those budding animal lovers. Come learn all about
reptiles, meet some our resident reptiles up close, and make
a scaly friend to take home. Pre-registration & sneakers
are required. $10.00 per child Ages 5-10.
SEA OF LIGHTS
Jenkinson’s annual holiday celebration will be on
December 16
th
, 17
th
, 26
th
, 27th, and 28
th
from 6-9pm.
Enjoy the indoor holidays lights displays inside Jenkinson's
Aquarium as well as crafts, holiday treats, photos with
Santa, games, and more at the Jenkinson’s Pavilion. The
Sweet Shop, Aquarium Gift Shop, and Pavilion Arcade will
also be open! Admission to aquarium is $7.00 per person.
Monday, December 26
th
8:00am-1:00pm--Junior Keepers-
-Have a budding marine biologist in your life? Then sign
them up for a behind the scenes look exploring a day in the
life of our animal keepers! This program provides students
ages 10-16 with the opportunity to experience the aquarium
from an employee’s point of view. Pre-registration and
sneakers are required. $80 per child
Jenkinson’s Aquarium is open daily. Aquarium hours are
9:30 am 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and 10:00 am
5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission prices are $11
for adults, $7.00 for children ages 3-12, children 2 and un-
der are free, and seniors 62 and up are $7.00. Call 732- 899
-1659 for more information or visit www.jenkinsons.com/
aquarium on the web.
501c Lizzy Rose Music Room
Live Blues, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Singer/
Songwriters, Lissie Rose Music Room, 217 East Main St.
Tuckerton (609-389-0118) The weekly schedule is available
at lissierosemusic.com. Tickets are available in advance and
at the door (if seats available)
Crestwood Village Garden Club
March 14, 2017--Philadelphia Garden Show--"Holland:
Flowering the World"; $61pp
For information call Stefanie at 732-350-2904.
DENTAL IMPLANTS & GRAFTING PROCEDURES
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Bring in the Birds for Winter Beauty
and Entertainment
By Melinda Myers
Brighten your winter days by inviting birds into
your landscape. Their beauty and motion help enliven the
garden and lighten your spirit. Not only do they provide
entertainment but also an opportunity for all ages to stay
involved with nature year round.
Increase the number of visitors to your yard by
including all the essentials these winged visitors need; food,
shelter and water.
Plants are the easiest way to bring birds into your
landscape. These natural feeders provide seasonal food and
shelter for the birds. Take a walk through your yard and
look for trees, shrubs and perennials that
p
rovide food and evergreens that
provide year round shelter. Plan on
adding a few of their favorites that
provide food and shelter and seasonal
beauty you can enjoy.
In the meantime, add a few
feeders. This is a great way to increase
the number and diversity of birds
visiting your garden.
Place feeders in a quiet,
sheltered location where you can easily
watch these visitors come and go.
Avoid placing feeders too close to plants
that provide easy places for squirrels to
jump onto the feeders and cats to hide
while hunting for a meal.
Select feeders to attract the
type of birds you want to bring into the
garden.
Tube feeders with metal ports
keep the seeds fairly clean and dry and
are somewhat squirrel resistant. Feeders
with short perches attract small birds
like chickadees, titmice, and finches.
Those with the perches above the
feeding port are suitable for birds like
goldfinches, chickadees and pine siskins
that can feed upside down.
Thistle feeders and socks have
extra small openings designed to hold
the small seeds of thistle. You’ll find
small songbirds like finches feeding at
these.
Suet feeders hold blocks of
high energy food made of animal fat
filled with seeds and berries. They
attract woodpeckers, nuthatches,
chickadees, titmice, jays and starlings.
Platform feeders attract the
greatest variety of birds but provide
squirrels easy access to the seed. Plus
the open
environment
subjects the seeds to spoilage
from damp weather and
droppings from feeding birds.
Enclosed hopper or house
feeders are attractive to most
birds, but once again the seed
can be exposed to the weather
and spoil.
Be sure to thoroughly
clean the feeders monthly to
avoid the spread of disease.
Cover droppings and spoiled
seed on the ground with a fresh
layer of mulch.
Continued on Page 24
your pets !
Merry Christmas to you &
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Barnegat Library December Events
December 2 & 3, 10am-2pm--Friends Book & Boutique
Sale-- This is the one you've been waiting for! Book and
Boutique items at great prices. Don't miss out.
December 6, 7-8:30pm--Burr Street Books--A monthly
book café where members talk about books and listen to the
recommendations of others.
December 15, 3:30-4:30pm--National Cupcake Day--
Decorate a cupcake in honor of National Cupcake Day.
Limited quantity. Ages 8+ Drop-in.
These programs are free and open to the public. Please
register online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by
calling 609-698-3331.
Knights of Columbus Trips
December 7, 2016--American Music Theater "Winter
Wonderland" Christmas Show includes transportation,
buffet lunch at Shady Maple Restaurant, show ticket, tax
and gratuities. $110pp
December 26-January, 2, 2017--Norwegian Cruise Lines
"Breakaway" leaving New York. $1,359pp
February 7-19, 2017--12 night Southern Caribbean
Cruise on the Royal Caribbean "Anthem of the Seas" from
Bayonne. From $1,524pp
February 28, 2017--Trip to Sands Casino, Bethlehem,
PA, includes transportation, driver gratuity, $30 casino
credit and $5 food coupon. $39pp
April 5-6, 2017--Dover Downs Casino & Delaware Park
Casino includes hotel, transportation, breakfast & dinner,
$50 slot play and $30 slot play at Delaware Park. $182pp
April 27, 2017--Trip to American Music Theater to see
"Las Vegas Legends" show. Lunch at Shady Maple,
transportation and driver gratuity. $95pp
June 6, 2017--Trip to Huntington Hills Playhouse
includes "Legends of Pop Show", lunch, taxes, tips,
transportation, and driver gratuity. $110pp
July 9, 2017--Trip to Kutztown Festival, PA includes
admission, transportation and driver gratuity. $45pp
July 16-23, 2017--Bermuda Cruise on the Celebrity
Summit from Bayonne. Starting at $1,199pp
For information and reservations, please contact Charles
Serwin at 609-978-0970.
Self Defense For All Ages
Barnegat Recreation Department is offering a
program for learning self defense for women and men of all
ages. Techniques do not require strength, only leverage and
balance for personal defense. The classes are given by a
renowned black belt instructors and are held on the 1st and
2nd Wednesday at 7:00-8:00pm at the Barnegat Recreation
Department, 900 W. Bay Ave. The price is $15.00 for 5-one
hour sessions. Pre-registration is required. Call 609-698-
0080 ext. 122 for information.
Waretown Library December Events
December 8, 2-3pm--ShopRite Presents: No Bake
Holiday Cookies--Join Shop-Rite's registered dietician
Giavonna Carbonello for a cooking demonstration on how
to make no-bake cookies for the holidays. Please Register.
December 14, 4-5pm--Holiday Tree Lighting--Celebrate
the holidays at our annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Hosted
by the Waretown Friends of the Library and featuring songs
by the Waretown School Choir.
December 28, 1-5pm--Drop-In Craft: New Year's Eve--
Drop in and make a craft to celebrate New Year's
Eve! Ages 2-6.
These programs are free and open to the public. Please
register online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or by
calling 609 693-5133.
Christmas Bake Sale & Gift
Shop
Tri-Boro First Aid, 61 J Street and
Blvd., Seaside, presents a Christmas Bake Sale & Gift Shop
on Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
featuring: homemade cookies, cakes and pies; handmade
items, jewelry, local photographs, and more. As well as
their Annual Poinsettia Sale. There will be hot dogs, wraps,
soup, soda and more for sale.
For more information, call 732-830-3236.
Family Christmas Breakfast with
Santa
St. Mary’s Parish Center, 100 Bishop Lane
off McKinley Ave., Manahawkin, will host a Family
Christmas Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December
10. Tickets: adult, $6; child ages 8-12, $3. 9-11 am.
Registration deadline, Dec.5; call Barbara at 609-693-9639.
Crisis Hotline Volunteers Needed!
Crisis Hotline Volunteers needed for CONTACT
of Ocean & Monmouth Counties' training beginning
Thursday, January 12, 2017, for 15 weeks from 6:30-9:30
P.M. Training will be held at The Chelsea in Brick.
CONTACT is a 24-hour crisis intervention hotline that also
provides information & referral to community
resources. All calls are free, confidential and
anonymous. Training is free. BECOME A VOICE TO
THOSE IN DISTRESS--Make a difference in your
community! call 732-240-6104 for additional information
and registration.
The Order of St. Luke
The Order of St. Luke is a Healing Ministry. On
the last Sunday of each month, prayers of healing are pro-
vided following Holy Eucharist at the 8 and 10 am services
at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Members are also avail-
able Sunday services near the baptismal font. In addition,
prayers are offered at our 10am Healing Service on Thurs-
days.
Anyone is welcome to join our services or come to
our meetings. They are held the second Thursday of each
month at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 180 Route 539,
Whiting. Members read, study, and question together.
Contact Stefanie at 732-350-2904.
DECEMBER 2016 The Forked River GAZETTE Page 23
Deck the Halls
Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr., announces that the
Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department
will be sponsoring Deck the Halls, an old
fashioned cookie swap and holiday ornament
making class on Thursday, December 15.
We’ll be making holiday gift tags, ornaments and
swapping our favorite cookies. Please bring 2 dozen of your
favorite cookies, along with the recipe. After crafting, we
can share some holiday cheer and refreshments. All craft
supplies provided.
Location: Program Room, Parks Administration,
Toms River. Time: 6:00 8:00PM; Age: 16 Adult
To register, send a check for $10.00 per person,
made payable to the County of Ocean. Mail the check to:
Ocean County Parks and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road,
Toms River, NJ 08753. Please provide name, address and
daytime telephone number, along with program number
321186-1E.
The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders
sponsors this program. To receive more information or a
Parks & Recreation Newsletter call 732-506-9090 or visit
www.oceancountyparks.org
Ocean County Seeks Holiday Helpers
WITH THE holiday season here, Ocean County
officials are encouraging citizens to help those less fortunate
by participating in the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office
Annual Toy Drive.
“This is a magical time of year,” said Ocean
County Freeholder Director John P. Kelly, Director of Law
and Public Safety. “But unfortunately there are many people
struggling to make ends meet and the holidays can be a very
difficult time for them.
“With this annual toy drive, under the direction of
Sheriff Michael Mastronardy, we have the opportunity to
help bring a little holiday happiness into the lives of
families that may be going through a difficult time,” Kelly
said.
Sheriff Mastronardy said that last year the drive helped
more than 300 families and provided toys to more than 900
children throughout the County.
“We are working with the Ocean County Police
Chiefs Association and local police departments in order to
make sure families that are in need are served by the
program,” Mastronardy said. “It’s gratifying that so many
people in the past have donated and helped. We are hoping
to see the same response this year to helping our neighbors.”
New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off at a
number of locations throughout Ocean County until Dec. 21
including the Ocean County Clerk's Office, Ocean County
Courthouse, 118 Washington St., Toms River; Ocean
County One Stop Center, 1027 Hooper Ave., Building 2,
Toms River; Ocean County Administration Building, 101
Hooper Ave., Toms River; Ocean County Southern Service
Center, Routes 9 and 72, Manahawkin; County Connection,
Ocean County Mall, JC Penney Wing, Hooper Avenue,
Toms River and the Ocean County Training Center,
Volunteer Way, Waretown.
Also toy bins are at the following Ocean County
Library branches: Brick Branch, 301 Chambers Bridge
Road, Brick Township; Lacey Branch, 10 East Lacey Road,
Forked River; the main branch of the Ocean County Library
at 101 Washington St., Toms River, Barnegat Township
Branch at 112 Burr St., Barnegat Township; Stafford
Branch, 129 North Main Street, Manahawkin and Waretown
Branch, 112 Main St., Waretown.
“This effort is supported by the generosity of the
Ocean County government family, from the staff at the
courthouse and Sheriff’s Office, to the workers in southern
Ocean County, the county staff is helping to make a
difference this holiday season,Mastronardy said. “We are
collectively asking the citizens to do what they can to help.”
For those residents who are in need of some
assistance with toys this Christmas, please register with the
Sheriff’s Department by filling out the Sheriff’s Toy Drive
Application Form by the Dec. 14 deadline. The form may
be accessed from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office website
home page at www.co.ocean.nj.us/
OCsheriff. Or call 732-929-2161 for
information on requesting assistance or
for providing donations.
Toy distribution is scheduled
for Dec. 17 and 18. Recipients will be
contacted by the Sheriff’s Office with a
time, date and location for pickup.
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Continued from Page 24 ~ Bring in the Birds for Winter
Beauty and Entertainment
Add additional feeding stations by
dressing up your evergreens with
bird friendly ornaments. You can
purchase seed coated ornaments or
make your own. Roll an evergreen
cone in peanut butter or suet and
coat with birdseed. Coat a stale
bagel with peanut butter and seed.
Hang these on the tree with
colorful yarn. Add a few orange
slices and strings of cranberries for
added food and color.
And once the holidays are
over move a discarded holiday tree into your bird feeding
station. It provides shelter from cold winter winds and
makes another place to hang a few edible ornaments.
Keep the birds coming by adding a birdbath for a
constant supply of water for drinking and bathing. Shallow
birdbaths with sloping sides and a maximum depth of two
inches in the center provide easy access for all birds. Keep
the water flowing despite cold temperatures with the help of
an immersion heater designed for birdbaths or purchase a
birdbath with a built in thermostatically controlled heater.
And once you create a bird-friendly environment
you’ll be enjoying them year round. Listen for their songs,
watch them raise their young and thank them for helping
keep garden pests under control.
Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture
experience and has written over 20 gardening books,
including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great
Courses “How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For
Everyone DVD set and the nationally
syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio
segments. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor
for Birds & Blooms magazine. Myers’ web site
is www.melindamyers.com.
Photo credit for both is Gardener’s Supply Company.
Bingo with Santa
Please help support Bingo
with Santa on December 10
th
from 12
to 4 pm at Lacey Elk’s Lodge # 2518
located at 900 Beach Boulevard,
Forked River, NJ. This event is
sponsored by the Lacey Elk’s Special
Children’s Committee. Lunch
will be served from 12 - 1 pm. Bingo
will be played from 1 - 4 pm. Bingo prizes to be awarded
will be gifts in lieu of money. All games are free of charge.
Checkout the GAZETTE website
www.forkedrivergazette.com
for more articles and events!
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Volunteers Needed to Assist with Filing
Taxes for the 2016 Tax Season
FREE Income Tax preparation is available to
anyone who need help filing Federal and New Jersey taxes,
with special attention given to seniors.
Additional volunteers are needed to work in the
program and to help in the preparation of electronically filed
tax returns. Volunteers must attend approximately 3 days of
training during December and 6 days during January, from
9am to 3pm. Volunteers are required to be available, at
least, one-half day weekly from February 1 to April 15,
2017.
This is an AARP program in cooperation with the
IRS and the NJ Division of Taxation. If you are interested
in VOLUNTEERING or need more information: call 609-
294-0730, Southern Ocean County area/Lanoka Harbor to
Little Egg Harbor and Long Beach Island; 732-928-8025,
Northern Ocean County; or 732-569-5167, Western Ocean
County.
Philadelphia Flower Show & History
Tour
Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr., Chairman of
Ocean County Parks and Recreation will be conducting a
bus trip to explore Philadelphia on Thursday, March 10.
The theme of the Flower Show is Holland.
The bus will depart from the Ocean County Park in
Lakewood at 8:00 AM for a day in the city to discover the
historic and museum area attractions on your own or attend
the Flower Show at the Convention Center. We will return
To Lakewood at approximately 6:30 PM. You will receive
a map of the area, and will be dropped off in the Historic
district.
To register, send a check for $35.00 per person,
made payable to: County of Ocean and mail to Ocean
County Parks & Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms
River, NJ 08753. The fee includes the bus transportation
only, any admissions or tours are on your own. The
approximate fee for the flower show is $28.00. Please note
program # F32017. Visit the website at
www.oceancountyparks.org. The Ocean County Board of
Chosen Freeholders sponsors this event. Call 1-877-
OCPARKS for information.
Addictions Groups
A weekly group meets Tuesdays at 4:15 and
Thursday at 5:30 pm at the Journey to Wellness Center, 226
Route 37 West Unit #14, Toms River. Topics change
weekly; posted online using Facebook: Mental Health
Association in Ocean County - JTW. Call 732-914-1546.
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5 Simple Ways to Build
Your Social
Media Following
As a social media
marketer, one of the most common
questions I get asked is, how do I build my social media
following? So many people seem to care about that follower
count! Rightfully so, having a large following is important
for brand awareness and authority.
Building a large following can take years literally
25,000+ hours. One of my favorite social media influencers,
Eren McKay has put in the work. Maybe not exactly that
many hours, but I know for a fact that Eren is constantly on
social media working on building her following (and being
the thought leader she is). Because of her following, getting
new business is natural for her. To date,
Eren has over 56K Twitter followers and
110,00K Google Plus followers.
Realistically, unless you create a post that
goes viral or become a celebrity
overnight, you probably won’t see
numbers equivalent to even half of Eren’s
but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
Here are five simple things you can do to
build a following on Facebook, Twitter,
and Instagram.
1. Share engaging content that is not all
about you! Social media is a relationship-
building tool not a walking billboard for
all things you and your products and
services. Share content that answers
questions and solves problems or is
downright amusing. Why are cats so
popular on social media? People love
content that makes them feel warm and
fuzzy. If you are like most people, you are
not going to be able to churn out hundreds
of pieces of original content each month.
Let tools be your guide. Buzzsumo for
example is great for finding the most
popular content on the web. Use it to see
what generated the most shares that you
could in turn, share with your followers.
2. Share often. Because the shelf life of
a tweet is 60 seconds, you really can’t
tweet too much. As a rule of thumb, share
at least one tweet a day. As far as
Facebook, Google Plus, and Instagram go
I typically say at minimum share two
pieces of content a week, and at the max
five. You don’t want to burden your
followers by sharing too much! Use a tool
like Buffer to schedule content in
advance. The best way to streamline all
this sharing is to plan it out on a monthly
or weekly a basis. Then, on a daily basis,
get some of your manual posts in (RTs on
Twitter, shares on Facebook, etc.) and
keep up with engagement.
3. Engage! Social media is not meant to be a one-way
streak. Join in on conversations. Listen to what other users
are talking about and see where you can help them out or
say something noteworthy to strike up conversation. You
can monitor conversations by typing in different keywords
on the search boxes of each channel. Twitter Advanced
Search is my favorite. Since Twitter is so open, it’s easy to
see what users are talking about. While you could engage
with a simple ‘like’ if you really want to get noticed, engage
with a sincere and thoughtful comment for greater exposure.
4. Follow other users. Sometimes when users see you
follow them, they will follow you back. Spend a few hours
each week on each channel seeking out people in your
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Happy Holidays
from
our staff
to your family!
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Happy Holidays from Gentle Dental &
Ask the Dentists…
Keeping with the Holiday spirit, here are a few fun facts
about Christmas! Enjoy!
1) It's hard to go more than five minutes without hearing
the familiar tune of 'Jingle Bells' running through your head
during the month of December. The truth is that you should
have been hearing it in November. According to history
Magazine, composer James Lord Pierpont wrote the song in
the 1850s to play for his Boston Sunday school class during
Thanksgiving as a way to commemorate the famed Medford
sleigh races. Kids and adults loved the song and eventually
changed the lyrics to fit Christmas. No word on whether the
original lyrics contained the line, "Dashing through the
snow, in a one-turkey open sleigh."
2) Today, the White House's annual Christmas tree lighting
is a hallowed tradition. But try telling that to Teddy
Roosevelt, who didn’t think the event was very majestic. In
fact, he found it so infuriating that he enacted a total ban on
putting up a tree in the White House during his term. In fact,
in 1902, his son Archie snuck his own Christmas tree into
the house which he hid in a closet. Was the 26th President a
Scrooge? No, just an avid outdoorsmen and conservationist
who found deforestation revolting.
3) According to the Guinness world records, the tallest
Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was
displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in
Seattle, Washington.
4) Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the
United States until June 26, 1870. Alabama was the first
state to officially recognize Christmas in 1836. Oklahoma
was the last state to declare Christmas a legal holiday, in
1907.
5) The first person to decorate a Christmas tree was
reportedly the Protestant reformer Martin Luther (1483-
1546). According to legend, he was so moved by the beauty
of the stars shining between the branches of a fir tree; he
brought home an evergreen tree and decorated it with
candles to share the image with his children!
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Bereavement Support Group
The group met on November 18th and welcomed
2 new members. Dr. Anthony Lipari continued
his presentation on the "New Normal" with a question and
answer session. Our meetings are informative and help
people deal with grief in different ways. We do not take
attendance and you may come whenever you wish.
Refreshments are served and some social time. The meetings
are open to anyone in the area not just Village VI. The
meeting for the remainder of the year are and December 16th
due to Christmas. 2017 meetings are Jan. 27th (this is
pending) Feb. 24th, Mar. 31st, Apr. 28th, and May 26th the
session ends in May. Meetings are held in Deerfield Hall,
Crestwood Village VI, 6 Congasia Rd. (off Route 530)
Whiting, New Jersey For information call Rosie (732) 881-
1044 (please just leave very short message and you phone
number )
Crestwood Village IV Get Together Club
Dec.-- No Meeting
Jan. 18--Pizza Party--Free to Members; Non Member
Guests $6.00; ticket required.
Tickets will be available Mondays 10-11 and 5-6. If you
have any questions, please call Jerry 732-350-0230 ext 15.
Wellness Workshop
A weekly workshop designed for participants to
work on recovery, wellness, triggers, tools and other topics
related to mental health will begin 5:45 pm on Tuesdays. A
nationally recognized series called Wellness Recovery
Action Plan (WRAP), the class will offered by the Mental
Health Association in Ocean County, 226 Rte. 37 West, Suite
6. To apply for WRAP, call or email Mike at 848 480-0905
or mleotis@mhanj.org.
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New York Holiday Bus Trip
Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr., announces that the
Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department will be
sponsoring the New York Holiday bus trip on Wednesday,
December 14.
The bus will stop near Duffy Square for those who
wish to buy “two for one” show tickets. You will be pro-
vided with a map and list of holiday activities. The bus will
depart from the beach complex of Ocean County Park, 659
Ocean Avenue, Lakewood at 8:00am and return 7:00pm.
The fee includes round trip transportation and gratuity.
To register, send a check for $35.00 per person,
made payable to the County of Ocean. Mail the check to:
Ocean County Parks and Recreation, 1198 Bandon Road,
Toms River, NJ 08753. Please provide name, address and
daytime telephone number, along with program number
AB0310.
The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders
sponsors this program. To receive more information or a
Parks & Recreation Newsletter call 732-506-9090 or visit
www.oceancountyparks.org
Volunteers Needed to Help at Blood
Drives in Ocean and Monmouth
Counties
NJ Blood Services, which supplies blood to 60
hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers to
work blood drives in Ocean and Monmouth Counties,
especially in the Toms River area. The blood service
volunteer is an integral member of our collection team.
Your tasks would be to assist donors with registration,
watch them in canteen for post donation reactions, and how
to respond to their needs. A blood service volunteer should
have the ability to relate to the public, be able to perform
different jobs as needed, and have the willingness to follow
the rules. For additional information contact, Manager of
Community Relations, Jan Zepka at 732-616-8741.
331 Wheaton Ave.
Bayville
732-269-5690
www.ECCBayville.org
Sunday Worship: 8:30 & 10 am
Wed. Night Awana & Youth Group
6:15 pm
VILLAGE LUTHERAN CHURCH
701 Western Boulevard, Lanoka Harbor
609-693-1333
www.villagelutheranchurch.net
ST. STEPHEN’S
EPISCOPAL CHURCH
367 Route 9, Waretown, NJ
Phone: 609-698-8561
Sunday Services: 8 & 10 a.m.
Church School: 9:45 a.m.
The Rev. Terry Lee Martin, Rector
saintstephenswaretown.org
LACEY CHRISTIAN
ASSEMBLY
“A Spirit-Filled Bible Believing
Church!”
JOHN CARHART, PASTOR
(609) 693-6228
Sunday Worship 10 AM
Please Inquire for Home Bible Studies
2206 Lacey Road, Forked River
(APPOX. 4 MILES WEST OF GSP)
Crossbridge Community
Church of Ocean County
120 North Main Street
Village Green Shopping Center, Forked River, NJ
609-549-1213
Worship Service 10:30 AM
Sunday School 9:15 AM
Proclaiming the Forgiveness of Jesus Christ
Rev. Dr. Lou Saldiveri, Pastor
www.crossbridgeofocean.org
Forked River
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Rev. Dr. Terry L. Chapman
131 North Main Street,
Forked River, NJ 08731
Sunday Worship 10 AM
Sunday School 10 AM
www.forkedriverpres.org
609-693-5624
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN
CHURCH
541 LIBERTY WAY
LANOKA HARBOR
WORSHIP SERVICE
10:30 AM
Sunday Bible School at 9:30 AM
communitychristianchurchnj.org
609-242-3740
The Forked River Gazette
CHURCH DIRECTORY
Sept-June Worship
Saturday: 5:30PM
Sunday: 9AM &
11AM
Sunday School: 9AM
Summer Worship
starts 6/19/16
Saturday: 5:30PM
Sunday: 8:30AM
& 10AM
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Pick Up Organizing Tips At The Lacey
Library
Does your New Year resolutions include becoming
better organized?
Author Jamie Novak will offer tips to help you
succeed during her at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at the Lacey
Branch, 10 East Lacey Road.
Novak, a bestselling author and time management
specialist will include the common reasons why we put
things off and what we can do about it.
The program is free but registration is required.
Call 609-693-8566 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org
BCCT Presents:
A Christmas Story
BBCT presents: A
Christmas Story hosted at The
Strand Center for the Arts,
400 Clifton Ave. Lakewood,
NJ 08701; 732.367.7789.
Show dates: December 9 at
7:30 PM; December 10 at 7:30 PM; and December 11 at
2:00 PM.
A Christmas Story the Musical is a triple-dog-dare
of a good time and it is sure to warm your heart this holiday
season! Based on the classic holiday movie favorite, the
story takes place in 1940's Indiana, where a bespectacled
boy named Ralphie wants only one thing for Christmas: an
Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model
Air Rifle! A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny
pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, & a triple-dog-
dare to like a freezing flagpole are just a few of the
obstacles that stand between Ralphie & his Christmas
dream.
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American Polish Club of
Whiting
The American Polish Club of
Whiting will have a Christmas Buffet
Luncheon from 12-3 pm on December 9
at La Bove Grande, located at 800 Route
70, Lakewood. DJs Neil and Mary Ann
Makatenas will entertain us with a
variety of music and will gladly accept
requests. There will be a 50/50 and door
prizes. Tickets are $25pp which can be
purchased on Tuesdays from 11:00 AM
to 12:00 PM at Village V Clubhouse,
located at 325 Schoolhouse Road.
Support Group For Survivors
of Suicide Loss
Forever In Our Hearts, an
organization to support those who have lost
ones to suicide, is holding monthly meetings
the 2nd Saturday of each month at St. Paul
Lutheran Church, 130 Cable Ave,
Beachwood. Meeting time is 1:00pm. For
complete information visit our page at:
facebook.com/ForeverNRHearts or call 732-
269-3236.
FORKED RIVER FRAMING
AT THE COBBLESTONES
615 W. LACEY ROAD
(609) 971-6297
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Celebrating 27 Years of Picture Framing!
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Continued from Page 29 ~ 5 Simple Ways to Build Your
Social Media Following
target audience and follow them. Not sure where to start
Shh… don’t tell your competitors, but that’s where! See
who is following your competitors and follow them. You
can also follow people who are talking about your industry
or similar products or services.
5. Advertise. This should always be your last resort after
you have already done all of the above and for at least
several weeks, have been posting valuable content.
Instagram Advertising can be run on Facebook typically for
less than a dollar per new follower. Twitter Advertising can
be run right on Twitter. Twitter Advertising tends to be dou-
ble the cost of Facebook and in my experience, no mater
hour good the targeting is, not a great return on investment.
Facebook Advertising has been great in reaching the right
new audience. Don’t ever buy followers from sites that
promise you followers!
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to
email me at marisasanfilippo@gmail.com.
Marisa Sanfilippo is a journalist
turned award-winning marketing pro-
fessional who has more than six years
experience developing and executing
marketing campaigns for small and
medium sized businesses. Her work
has been featured on Huffington Post,
Social Media Today, Business.com,
Patch, and other publications.
Elvis Sings Christmas
Jim Barone as Elvis sings all his Christmas hits at
Wright Memorial Presbyterian Church, 330 S. Main
Street, Barnegat (RT 9) on Sunday, December 4
th
at
2pm. An opening act will also perform. Tickets are $12 for
adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Refreshments will
be served. It is sponsored by the Deacons as a fundraiser to
help needy families this holiday season. Call 609-698-3358
and leave message regarding number of tickets, your name,
and contact phone number. Or email ticket requests to
mankwom@aol.com.
Performer To Honor Legacy Of George
Washington At Toms River Library
Performer Dean Malissa will bring the first U.S.
President to life during the program “George Washington:
Face-to-Face With an Extraordinary American” at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean
County Library, 101 Washington St.
The program is part of the “Neighbors Connecting”
series made possible by an OceanFirst Foundation Arts and
Cultural Grant and with funding from the Ocean County
Library Foundation and the Ocean County Library.
Malissa, a scholar and accomplished actor from
Philadelphia, is no stranger to the role of Washington. He
has portrayed the historic figure on The Discovery Channel,
NBC, ABC and the National Geographic Channel. He has
performed professionally since 1999 and continues to be
cast in film, TV, commercial, radio, stage and voiceover
productions. His historical portrayal of George Washington
represents 95% of his work today.
As Washington, Malissa has crisscrossed the
nation from Arizona to Alabama from Michigan to
Massachusetts. He also portrayed Washington in France and
China.
The program is free but registration is required.
Call 732-349-6200 or www.theoceancountylibrary.org
Attention All Marines
If you served in the U.S. Marine Corps we'd like to
make contact with you.
The Southern Ocean Marines is assembling a
directory of the Globe and Anchor brotherhood who live in
Southern Ocean County.
There are no dues or formal meetings and you
won't be asked to contribute to causes. What is intended is
that you will be advised of occasional Marine Corps
activities taking place in the area.
Parents feel free to send info on your son or
daughter currently serving on active duty. Send e-mail with
name, address, rank/grade, MOS and years in the Corps to
Doug Rattazzi, Officer in Charge at: SOMari-
nes@comcast.net. Semper Fi.
The Optical Shop of Lacey
The Optical Shop (Roger W. Naylor, Optician) is pleased
to welcome Kirk Optometry, LLC
(Tara Kirk, OD-Optometrist) inside his practice.
Dr. Kirk will be offering Comprehensive Eye Exams,
Pediatric Eye Exams, InfantSee Exams,
Red Eye and Emergency Care,
Contact Lens Fittings, and Vision Therapy.
THE OPTICAL SHOP of LACEY
693-3944
Roger W. Naylor
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There will be no paper printed for Jan. 2017
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People of the Pines: A
Unique Examination of
Various Ocean County
Residents
BARBARA MACKEY
According to the Pew
Research Center, people identifying
as non-religious make up around 1.1
billion people in the world, which is
the equivalent of 16.5% of the global
adult population. That said, “non-religious” is actually the
third largest “religion” in the world, following Christianity
(as the first) and Islam (as the second). I count myself as
part of this non-religious group, and yet the fascination with
the paranormal and supernatural has always been present in
me.
For those of us that have never had a direct line to
the lord almighty, it’s comforting to think that perhaps
someone else does. Or if not a direct line, some kind of
connection to the “other side”. This brings me to the subject
of this article, the self-proclaimed psychic and Ocean
County resident, Barbara Mackey. Currently residing in
Toms River, I met with Mackey on a brisk October night at
her “enchanted retreat” to get a better sense of all things
mystical.
Barbara Mackey identifies herself as a clairvoyant,
channeler, medical and animal intuitive, healer, psychic
investigator for missing persons and animals, teacher,
lecturer, and above all a healer of the human spirit. She has
been a regular guest on television shows, including
appearances on Discovery ID, Unsolved Mysteries, Court
TV, Hollywood at Large and The Catherine Crier Show.
Mackey has also been working in radio for over 20 years as
a guest-host for various stations, the host of her own talk
show, Visions and is the resident psychic for the Shawn &
Sue Breakfast Morning show, 92.7 FM WOBM. Mackey is
also a published writer and columnist for Gannett Press, On
the Run Magazine and The Celestial Connection Magazine.
Mackey is a sixth-generation Psychic/Medium of
Hungarian and Scottish background who has had
premonitions since the age of four. “When I was 4 or 5 we
lived in Newark and had an apartment. We had a fire escape
and I was watching my mom hang laundry off of it and
there was a woman sweeping next to her, she was our
landlady. So I was sitting there watching her sweep and for
some reason I was thinking, she’s going to attack my
mother with that broom,” Mackey recalls.
“I started getting nervous and all of a sudden she
takes the broom and hits my mother, knocking her to the
ground. I just started screaming and running through the
building until we got my Mom into an ambulance and found
out later that she had a concussion.”
Although she had these premonitions and feelings
from a very young age, she didn’t pursue her career as a
psychic until much later, after she predicted the death of her
fiance. “After my fiance died, I went to 2 people, the
Reverend Helen Williams and Edith Cantor to find some
solace and they told me I was psychic. I denied it at first,
but I kept going back to Trenton to meet with them. They
had me try different practices and the gift just started
coming out. Eventually, I just couldn’t fight it anymore and
I sold everything I owned and turned in my company car
and started to pursue a life as a psychic, Mackey
commented.
The multifaceted medium has been called on many
times by the police for her help in missing persons and
homicide cases, including the Jennifer Pammer case in
Toms River, NJ. “I was involved in a murder case with the
Brick Police Department, the victim’s name was Jennifer
Pammer. I told the police that they'd find her body in
Bamber Lake and sure enough, they found it there.”
Mackey has also participated in many exorcisms,
but has since decided to discontinue that service as she
became very sick from bringing the “bad energies” home. “I
did The Haunted for 4 seasons and I would go into different
places and pick up the energy there and get very sick. Then,
I was doing an exorcism in a mansion and as I was going
down the servants steps, something pushed me down the
steps and I decided I wasn't going to do that work
anymore.”
Towards the end of our interview, Barbara turned
toward me, looked at me very intently and asked what I
wanted people to get from this story. To which I responded,
“I don’t think I’m trying to impart any particular judgment
around any of this. I’m just interested in examining some-
thing that remains a curiosity to many people. In life, I don’t
claim to know any of the answers and I’d like for people to
come to their own conclusions.”
She then reiterated to me, “I had no control over
this, I was born this way, it’s in my DNA. My fiance was
really the catalyst for what made me want to do this work. I
had a premonition that he would die from a heart attack and
he didn’t listen to me. I wanted to help people.”
Whether or not Mackey is the “real deal,” I can tell
she really means it.
Chelsea Eriksen is a freelance writer and market-
ing professional who has over 8 years experience
writing for major magazines, websites and blogs.
She graduated from Wells College in 2011 with a
Bachelor’s Degree in English and a minor in
Advertising. Following her graduation, she interned for
Relix Magazine and Big Hassle Media in NYC and soon
after joined Effective Immediately PR’s publicity team in
NYC and became Vice President until 2015. During her
time there, she helped to grow their team from 5 publicists
to over 25 in just 3 short years and expanded their offices to
the West Coast. She has worked with a range of clientele,
from independent artists and budding businesses all the way
up to major brands including Clarks, Converse and Sonos.
Currently she works as a PR/Marketing Coordinator for
Direct Development PR in Hazlet, NJ and resides in Forked
River, NJ. For any marketing, social media, public relations
or content writing needs, you can reach Chelsea at
chelseaeriksen@gmail.com.
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