New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today announced the launching of a new website at www.animalemergency.nj.gov that will provide the public with up-to-the minute information they would need to protect their pets and livestock in times of emergency.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Animal Emergency Response website and its companion mobile and tablet sites provide resources for animal owners to prepare for disasters of all kinds. It gives them resources on what they can do prior to, during and after emergencies.
“New Jersey has faced many emergencies, both large and small, in the last several years and we know that people feel very strongly about protecting their animals in those situations,” said Secretary Fisher. “Our new website gives folks the resources they need to care for their animals in those trying times and also keep themselves safe in the process.”
The website is provided in various formats to ensure access to its vital information whether at home or on-the-go. The site is interactive, allowing people to simply type in their location to find the nearest help available, including animal shelter, veterinary hospitals, offices of emergency management, feed stores, county fairgrounds and Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices.
In the event of an emergency, a “ticker” will be visible on the home page displaying real-time messages.
The site has species-specific information for preparing for, during and after emergencies, describes County Animal Response Teams, and has information about disaster assistance.
“We learned a lot from past disasters, such as Superstorm Sandy, and we know that preparing ahead of time for such events will make things easier not only for animal owners but also first-responders,” said Dr. Manoel Tamassia, New Jersey State Veterinarian. “We ask that everyone spread the word and bookmark this site on your home computers, tablets and smart phones.”
The creation of the website was made possible by a grant to NJDA by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
“This is a great example of how multiple state agencies can work together to help protect New Jersey residents and their animals in times of disaster,” Fisher said.
Community Medical Center is hosting “Guys Night Out,” a free program focusing on men’s health and wellness on Wednesday, September 9, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel in Toms River. Area men, along with their spouses and friends, are encouraged to attend the event and take charge of their health.
Physician experts from Community Medical Center will provide important information every man should consider. Dr. Gerald Ferencz, Board Certified neurologist and Medical Director, Community Medical Center’s Stroke Program, will discuss stroke prevention and treatment options and Dr. David D’Ambrosio, Board Certified, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director, CyberKnife Program at the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center, will talk about men’s cancer issues and prevention and treatment.
Guys Night Out will also feature “Laughter is the Best Medicine” with a special guest comedian, Joey Vega. Vega has appeared in major comedy clubs, including Comedy on the Road, Carolines, Comic Strip Live, Uncle Vinnie’s and many others. Since laughter helps to reduce stress, which promotes a healthy lifestyle, it is important to incorporate it into our daily lives.
The program will be emceed by Kevin Williams, 9-time New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year and Director of the Shore Sports Network.
Dinner will be provided. Guests are asked to pre-register as seating is limited. Please call 1-888-724-7123 to register.
The music of Latin band Grupo Warachando, will be heard at four Ocean County Library locations in September and October in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month and the 90th anniversary of the Ocean County Library.
Grupo Warachando, a five-piece band plays a wide variety of music including Bolero, Cumbia, Cuban and many more. The musicians play a variety of instruments including bongos, congas, bass, acoustic guitar, maracas and güira.
The performances are free but registration is required. The concert series kicks off at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the Berkeley Branch, 30 Station Rd. To register call 732-269-2144.
The Lakewood Branch performance set for 2 p.m. Sept. 19 will provide some extra spice to the branch’s Hispanic Heritage fiesta event. The fiesta includes face painting, a puppet show, crafts and refreshments. The Lakewood Branch is located at 301 Lexington Ave. To register call 732-363-1435.
The band will move on to the Stafford Branch at 7 p.m. Oct. 7. The branch is located at 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. To register call 609-597-3381.
The Ocean County Library Foundation is sponsoring the performances at all three branches.
The series concludes at the Manchester Branch at 2 p.m. Oct. 17. The branch is located at 21 Colonial Dr. To register call 732-657-7600. This concert is being sponsored by the Friends of the Manchester Library.
To register call the branch or visit the library website: www.theoceancountylibrary.org, click on the “Events & News” icon, then click “Calendar of Events.”
The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College proudly presents country-folk band Paper Bird (with Opening Act: The Hallowed Roots) on Saturday,September 19 at 8:00 p.m. on the Main Stage, Grunin Center, Building #12, Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ. Please use Parking Lot #2. Tickets are on sale now.
Since the band’s formation in 2007, Paper Bird has been playing its joyful blend of indie folk, blue-eyed soul, and rock to delighted audiences nationwide. The current lineup includes Mark Anderson on drums, Sarah Anderson on vocals/trumpet, Carleigh Aikens on vocals, Paul DeHaven on guitar, Genevieve Patterson on vocals/keyboards, and Caleb Summeril on bass/guitar/banjo. Paper Bird’s live performances showcase the group’s diversity and goodtime vibe. Their rare and beautiful approach to music has led them to be featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” in a New York Times story about up and coming Denver bands, and most recently listed in Paste Magazine’s “Top 10 Colorado Bands to Watch.” Tickets: Adult $25, Senior $23, and Subscriber $20. Dinner & Show Package: 6:00 p.m. / $30.
Upcoming country-folk performances include:
Sat, Feb 20 at 8:00 p.m. – Home Free: Country a cappella band, Season 4 Champions of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” Tickets: Adult/Senior $39 and Subscriber $34. Meet & Greet: $100. Dinner & Show Package: 6:00 p.m. / $50.
Fri, Mar 4 at 8:00 p.m. – De Temps Antan: – Time-honored melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. This engagement of De Temps Antan is funded through the Mid Atlantic Arts Tours Program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Tickets: Adult $25, Senior $23, and Subscriber $20.
For show tickets and Meet & Greets call the Grunin Center Box Office at Ocean County College, 732-255-0500 or purchase tickets online at tickets.ocean.edu.
Visit our website at www.grunincenter.org.
NOTE: Dinner & Show Packages include performance and meal and may be purchased through the Box Office, only.
NOTE: All performances are subject to change. Please call ahead for updated schedule or visit our web site at www.ocean.edu.
Wine and Jazz have many similar sensory aspects. Both can be surprising and unexpected. They are each crafted by masters who spend lifetimes practicing their art, and both have the ability to transport the soul! Jazz it Up, New Jersey’s largest wine festival will feature 17 Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA) wineries, nearly 300 locally-produced wines to sample, live jazz music, kids’ activities, and delicious food and craft vendors. Patrons will enjoy five hours of wine tasting and celebrate the beginning of the 2015 harvest with NJ winemakers and grape growers.
The festival also provides visitors with the opportunity to tour Allaire Village, a 19th century ironworking living history town located within the festival grounds at the state park. Guests learn the daily life of early American manufacturing in the 1830s and ‘40s. If they’re lucky, they can help with the chores too! The Pine Creek Railroad operates a steam engine train that chugs through the park as well, making Jazz it Up one of the most family friendly events on the GSWGA festival calendar.
Festival attendees will have the opportunity to sample wines from 12 to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, or set up a picnic on the lawn while listening to the jazz performances. On Saturday, the Dirk Quinn Band will take to the stage in anticipation of its soon to be released third studio album. This Philadelphia-based, high energy funk fusion Jazz group has toured extensively through the United States and Canada. On Sunday, The Jazz Lobsters will serve a dish of hot brass- drawn butter and a sip of Chardonnay optional. The Lobsters have a wide range of musical styles to draw from- from Count Basie and Sinatra standards to classic Motown and even Reggae. If the genre shows off the horn section, this band has been playing it for decades through the Jersey Shore club scene.
An assortment of delicious foods will be available all weekend to round out the festival attractions. Nomad Pizza of Hopewell will serve rustic wood-fired pizzas, while food truck favorites like the Mexiflip Taco Truck and Oink & Moo BBQ will also be serving. Waffle de Lys creates decadent Belgium Waffles, perfect for both the fantastic ice wines and ports that you can find at the winery tents. Craft vendors will offer an assortment of jams, jellies, sauces, pastas, vinegars, oils and more.
Tickets are $25 per person; non-tasters and those under 21 are free. Tickets can be purchased online at a $5 discount, which is available through Friday September 4th. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass that can be used to sample the wines. Ticket price does not include a $5 state park parking donation used to support the historic village and park maintenance. Allaire State Park is located in Farmingdale, NJ, and the Jazz it Up festival will run from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Ticket information, a festival guide, and the full list of winery participants can be found visit www.newjerseywines.com.
Family Fun in the Ceramics Studio is scheduled for Sunday, September 6 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, 120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies, NJ. Hand building techniques are taught in a creative and inspired atmosphere by our talented instructor Kerith Creo. With your personal creativity and ideas, fashion a bowl, mug or party plate to take home alongside someone else in your family. The fee for one child and one adult is $45; each additional person is $30.
For something unique to do on Friday, September 4, at 7 pm, come to the Ceramics Studio at the LBIF for Time to Get Dirty. Bring your own booze and your creativity as Instructor Kerith Creo walks you through a few introductory projects. Materials are included in the fee which is $45 per person.
Both classes have discounted fees according to membership levels so check when registering.
The LBIF is supported almost solely by the local community, including individuals and businesses. It is a place to enjoy the excitement of the arts—visual, performing, language and culinary; a place to discover and explore the wonderful world of nature and science; a place to challenge yourself with healthy physical activity. Call the LBIF at 609-494-1241 for more information or visit www.lbifoundation.org.
The Sixth Annual Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 19th from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Forked River Presbyterian Church, 131 North Main Street (Route 9). Everyone with a “special” car is welcome to participate. Donation to enter is $12.00.Register the day of the show. Five trophies will be awarded. Entrance for Car Show participants is off Jones Road (one block north of Lacey Road).
The Car Show is part of the Family Fall Festival. You can also enjoy the Food Mart(burgers, dogs, chili, coffee, soda), homemade Baked Goods, Craft Tables, SecondHand Treasures, Kids Games, Horse & Wagon Ride, Live Music and the Batmobile.Admission is free.
Contact the church office at 609-693-5624, Tues – Fri from 9 AM to 1 PM, for additional information.
9/1 – 9/30
Soldiers courtesy of Darryl Skrocki
Meeting Room Art
Photographs -The Weird World of Chris Barnes
Available by appointment only. Please call 609-693-8566
9/1 – 9/30
One-on-One Genealogy Class
Available by appointment only. Please call 609-693-8566.
9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 1:30 pm, Wednesdays
English Conversation Group
Practice your English speaking skills in an informal setting. All are welcome. REG
9/3, 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 12 pm – 3 pm, Thursdays
Mah Jong Mavens & Masters
Have you always wanted to learn how to play Mah Jong? Do you already know? Either way, come join us!
CH – 9/3, 9/17, 6 pm, Thursday
Mother Goose Time
For babies up to 18 months with caregiver.
Register once for this two week session.
CH – 9/4, 10 am – 12 pm, Friday
Open Play Time
Ages 1 and up with caregiver
Educational toys donated by the Friends of the Lacey Library. Drop in
9/5, 9:30 am, Saturday
Knitting & Crochet Group
Come join in! Bring your yarn and needles, and make some new friends while you knit! All skill levels welcome.
9/8, 10 am, Tuesday
County Connections Mobile
Explore the resources available through County Connections, including passport assistance and senior services.
9/8, 1 pm, Tuesday
Join the fun! Learn a variety of activates that stimulate the brain to keep your mind sharp. REG
9/8, 3:30 – 5 pm, Tuesday
LEGO® Free Play
Ages 5 – 12. Drop in
9/10, 9:30 am, Thursday
Learn the very basics of how to navigate the Internet. Mouse and keyboard skills required. REG
9/11, 10 am -12 pm, Friday
Ages 2 – 5. Drop in.
9/11, 1 pm, Friday
Lunchtime Film: Local Hero
An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don’t go as expected. RATED PG
9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10 am, Mondays
For ages 3 – 5 with caregiver.
Register once for this three week session.
9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10 am, Tuesdays
For ages 19 – 36 months with caregiver.
Register once for this three week session.
9/15, 2 pm, Tuesday
Fall: Putting Your Garden to Bed
Fall is a glorious time to work outside. Join Rutgers Cooperative Extension Gardner Ann Earon as she discusses fall preparations for gardens. REG
9/15, 4:30 pm, Tuesday
International Dot Day – Art Activities
Ages 6 – 12. REG
9/15, 6:30 pm, Tuesday
Meet the Mayor
Stop in and meet the mayor in a less formal setting than a township meeting.
9/17, 9:30 am, Thursday
Mobile Lab Class
9/17, 7 pm, Thursday
Join Lacey’s Teen Advisory Board. Volunteer at the library, help plan programs and earn community service hours!
9/19, 2:00 pm, Saturday
Health Advocacy Across the Lifespan
Nicole Pratt, SPAN, will present an Advocacy Manual developed by individuals with disabilities and special healthcare needs, and their families to help other families. SPAN is offering workshops that show you how to use the manual to navigate the healthcare system. Think of it as a GPS for families of children, youth and adults with disabilities & special healthcare needs.
9/21, 1 pm, Monday
March by Geraldine Brooks
Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.
9/22, 7 pm, Tuesday
Friends of the Lacey Library Meeting
Please join the Friends of the Lacey Library for their monthly meeting. New members are always welcome.
HHM, A – 9/23, 6 pm, Wednesday
Evening Film: Spare Parts
Four Hispanic high school students form a robotics club. With no experience, 800 bucks, used parts, and a dream, this rag tag team goes up against the country’s reigning robotics champion, MIT. Rated PG-13
9/24, 4 pm – 5 pm, Thursday
Paws for Reading
For beginning readers. Drop in.
9/24, 6 pm, Thursday
Healthy Latin American Flavors
Join Giavonna Carbonello, registered dietitian of the Perlmutter Family Shoprites, as she cooks up a Latin-American inspired dish with a healthy twist and authentic flavors. REG
9/25, 10 am, Friday
Masterminds Homeschool Group Meets
Drop ins welcome.
9/26, 10:30 am, Saturday
90’s Movie Flashback: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
For Families. Drop in.
9/29 7pm, Tuesday
Lacey Library Coffehouse presents: “An Evening with Pete Wagula.” A local favorite, guitarist Pete Wagula, will be performing his music in our library “coffeehouse.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library. REG
9/30, 6 pm, Wednesday
Please join us as Nancy Voitko creates delicious Mexican Vegan meals for you. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Lacey Branch of the Ocean County Library. REG
By Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little
Seventy years ago, on September 2, 1945, representatives of Imperial Japan climbed aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay and signed the surrender documents that formally ended World War II.
The solemn ceremony was held six years, nearly to the day, after the first Nazi tanks rolled into Poland and triggered a World War that would see battles fought in every corner of the globe and ultimately claim the lives of more than 60 million people, or nearly 4 percent of world’s population.
As we remember the nearly 419,000 Americans who gave their lives so that our nation and dozens of others would be free, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders asks all of our residents to honor our brave men and on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.
The Freeholders will hold a moment of silence at our regular public meeting on that date in tribute to those who fought from the jungles of Burma to the mountains of Austria.
More than 12 million Americans answered our nation’s call and fought in World War II. Today, less than 1 million of these brave men and women are still with us.
As World War II slips into the pages of history, we must ensure that our children and their children after them never forget the sacrifices made to secure their futures.
Let the names Omaha Beach, Iwo Jima, Midway and Bastogne resonate through the generations as places where brave Americans stood firm against tyranny and turned the tide of conquest and oppression.
Remember the words of our leaders, from General Douglas MacArthur who reassured the residents of the Philippines that “I shall return,” to the one-word answer of 101st Airborne Commander General Anthony McAuliffe who, when offered surrender terms by the Germans at Bastogne, replied, “Nuts.”
Americans should take great pride in the fact that the greatest and strongest military in the history of man was a tool of liberation and freedom, and not of conquest.
From the streets of our great cities to the farms of the Midwest, Americans put their dreams and desires aside and went to war not because of want, but because of need, a need to keep themselves and their loved ones free.
And when the fighting stopped, they returned to the cities and the fields. They didn’t ask for honors or a hero’s welcome. They asked only to return to their lives, secure in the knowledge that they, and the generations that followed would forever know freedom.
But heroes they were and heroes they remain – truly America’s Greatest Generation.