More than 37 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, and doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are offering tips for keeping your furry friends safe if they are hitting the road with you.
“Travel can be stressful for both pets and people,” said Dr. Jennifer Welser, chief medical officer for BluePearl. “We hope these tips will make your trip a more enjoyable experience for everyone, whether they have two legs or four.”
Special considerations for kitty
Cats can be particularly sensitive to traveling. Here are tips for keeping your cat calm:
“We hope that both people and pets have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend,” said Welser. “If you have additional questions, be sure to contact your family veterinarian for guidance.”
AS THE NUMBER of veterans committing suicide continues to rise, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking its Congressional delegation to take action.
Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little penned a letter to the county’s three federal representatives, asking for a full review of a Department of Veterans Affairs crisis line set up to help despondent veterans.
Media reports in the Navy Times and other publications have said that some veterans calling the hotline have faced long wait times before speaking with a counselor.
“This is totally unacceptable,” said Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau. “These brave men and women answered their nation’s call and volunteered to serve. Now it’s our turn to be there for them.”
Little, speaking on behalf of the entire Freeholder board, outlined his concerns in a letter to Reps. Chris Smith, Frank LoBiondo and Tom MacArthur.
“We ask you to contact the Department of Veterans Affairs and take whatever steps are necessary to ensure our veterans receive all of the services and care that they have so valiantly earned,” Little said in the letter.
According to federal statistics, an estimated 22 veterans die by suicide each day.
The crisis line in question handles about 1,300 calls a day, with about 300 calls transferred to backup centers manned by VA contractors.
Ocean County, which is home to more veterans than any other county in New Jersey, also provides several avenues for veterans in need of assistance, Little said.
Counseling is available through the Veterans Service Bureau offices in Toms River and Manahawkin.
The Vets Center, an arm of the VA, provides counseling at its offices on Route 70 in Lakewood and at a mobile bus that makes regular stops at the Veterans Bureau’s Manahawkin office.
For more information, contact the Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau Office at 732-929-2096.
One hundred forty-seven (147) students from the Ocean County College Nursing Class received their nursing pins at the Annual Nurses Pinning Ceremony on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ.
The Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony will be televised live on Ocean TV 20 as broadcast on Comcast of Toms River and Long Beach Island Channel 20 and Verizon FiOS of Northern Ocean County Channel 24. Repeat broadcasts of the ceremony will air on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 24 at 5:00 p.m. In addition, the ceremony will be broadcast on the College’s website, www.ocean.edu, with video remaining available for online viewing for several weeks.
During the ceremony, Nursing Graduate Awards were presented.
“Dedications” from each of the 147 nursing graduates were printed in the Pinning Ceremony program including the following:
The graduates completed the two-year course of study leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing during December 2014 and May 2015. The Ocean County College Nursing Graduates are:
Barnegat: Candice Carman, Kaitlin Henry, Raquel Parillo, Rena Sita, Amanda Strickler
Bayville: Jessica Glasser, Jody Hahn, Danielle Spodek, Randy Symon, Sharon Woolf
Brick: Victoria Belvin, Alyssa Cimmino, Jessica Davison, Michelle Gerome, Tara Kardum,
Lori Greenberg, Lisa Malak, Stephanie Martz, Melissa Meyer, Kimberly Rusoff, Samantha Sabo, Kimberly Taylor, Sherlyn White
Browns Mills: Mandy Danberry
Colts Neck: Adam Nolte
Forked River: Ginamaria Bongiorno, Karlie Edson, Shelby Galaro, Kelsey Kluin, Renee Muso, Kimberly Panckeri
Jackson: Sarah Aksdal, Marisa Buffa, Pamela Curtis, Athena Felicie, Kelly Finnegan, Amanda Goldstein, Michelle Kurzenberger, Lauren Malley, Sarah Mandel, Rebecca Roman, Kathryn Shields, Samantha Smith, Dawn Tirone
Lakewood: Shulamit Berger, Shira Bree, Penina Gelbwachs, Sheva Gluck, Rikki Goldstein, Kimberly Goldstein, Yehuda Gras, Jennifer Hughes, Daniel Lowder, Jessica Mojica, Nasser Riveros, Shannon Schroepfer, Zuleyka Torres, Amy Zamel
Lanoka Harbor: Jessica Miszlay, Amy Olsen, Donna Ward, Samantha Whitney, Heather Whitney
Lexington, South Carolina: Lysa DelGrosso
Little Egg Harbor: Angelina Amato, Molly Bodilly, Antoinette Brown, Michelle DiForti, Brandy Kean
Long Beach Township: Eva Corliss, Jeremiah Walsh
Manahawkin: Claire Biennas, Christina D’Amelio, Michelle Dimauro, Andrea Festa, Heather Fugee, Krystal Goula, Diane Lambert, Joyleen Rodriguez, Veronica Roura, Fallon Strac, Erica Vigilante
Manchester: Kaitlyn Duffy, Vanessa Lacy, Anna Malesa
Manasquan: Marzena Incolla
Matawan: Anna Ictchenko
New Egypt: Ryan Brevogel, Andrea Hartzag, Michelle Knox
Ortley Beach: Kristen Casella
Pine Beach: Colleen Lightbody
Pleasantville: Brittany Hopson
Point Pleasant: Kristi Ascolese, Thomas Brown, Kyle Leach, Mary Martin
Port Republic: Harry Walk
Seaside Heights: Jennifer Jacob
South Toms River: Kyra Kosh
Toms River: Tea Akhobadze, Danielle Armuth, Jessica Barrett (Kochis), Chelsea Bruno, Tracy Davies, Lashanda Davis, Matt DeBlasi, Christin Domingo, Jaclyn Donohue, Megan Donohue, Jennifer Fragale, Kaitlyn Fraser-Morris, Juliette Gale, Jennifer Gallegos, Christina Guarino, Sylvia Hastick, Manuel Hernandez, Christina Himmelreich, Nicole Hubiak, Nicole Kish, Catherine Klina, Alyssa Krall, Krystal Lettieri, Andrew Markey, Ann Mazza, Jennifer Molnar, Kenneth Olivier, Mary O’Neill-Schanck, Alyssa Ozinga, Danielle Pavano, Janice Pierce, Jeffrey Podlaskowich, Emily Reed, Patricia Reedy, Kayla Smith, Johana Torres, Daiva Trzepizur, Lisa Vernon, Heather Ward
Tuckerton: Jaime Francis, Cristine Myers
Union Beach: Phillip Specchio
Wall: Donnalee Gillen
Waretown: Laura Allotta, Jessica Bohn
West Creek: Lori Ressa, Ryan Russo
The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. The book, What Tree Is That?, is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization.
What Tree Is That? is a fun, easy-to-use tree identification guide that features hand-drawn botanical illustrations highlighting the distinctive characteristics of many tree species.
Nature lovers and professional arborists alike have called this pocket field guide a must-have, user-friendly resource. Its beautiful, full-color illustrations are in precise detail and depict natural colors, shapes, and textures so users can make a positive species identification in just a few easy steps.
The Arbor Day Foundation offers this book to help people identify trees in New Jersey and throughout the Eastern and Central regions of the United States. What Tree Is That? uses a unique step-by-step approach for identifying the species of each tree, explaining what to look for in the shape of the leaves, differences in the leaf stems and twig structures, and specific characteristics of fruits, flowers, buds, and bark.
“Our What Tree Is That? Pocket guide is an ideal resource for developing a greater appreciation for trees,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The Arbor Day Foundation strives to help people enjoy and appreciate trees, and we feel our pocket field guide will do just that.”
What Tree Is That? is also available as an online interactive version at arborday.org.
To obtain a tree identification guide in full color, send your name, address, and $5 for each guide to What Tree Is That?, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410. You can also order the book online at arborday.org.
Summer classes at Stockton University are now open for registration for both matriculated and non-matriculated students.
The college is offering four summer sessions. For classes, there are two six-week sessions and one 10-week session; a 12-week session is for internships and independent studies.
More than 384 courses – 117 of them offered totally online – will be offered at the Galloway main campus and the Manahawkin and Hammonton instructional sites.
Enrollment will continue through the drop/add periods, May 20 for Session 1 and May 21 for Session 2. The third session begins July 1, with a drop/add period through July 3.
Tuition and fees did not increase for 2015 summer courses.
For one credit, the summer session rates are:
Undergraduate, in-state tuition is $229.09; $123.22 education and general fees; and $31.95 facilities fees. Undergraduate, out-of-state tuition is $413.36; fees same as above.
Master’s, in-state tuition is $543.11; $129.70 educational and general fees; $33.63 facilities fees. Master’s, out-of-state tuition is $836.04; fees same as above.
Doctoral, in-state tuition is $597.42; $129.70 education and general fees; and $33.63 facilities fees. Doctoral, out-of-state tuition is $961.45; fees same as above.
An additional fee for transportation and safety is charged once in the summer term, not per credit.
For more information, visit the Office of the Registrar.
The public is invited to the Lord of Lords Bible Community Church Open House on Sunday, June 28th, 1-4pm. The church is located at 442 Route 9, Waretown. The congregation recently converted a house into a beautiful House of God.
The Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences is fortunate to have a talented and exciting instructor of Italian, Rita Kostopolous, as our teacher of both Intermediate and Advanced Italian during this Spring and Summer at the LBIF building, 120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies, NJ.
Rita’s classes are divided into 5 week sessions on Thursdays from 10-11:30 am for Intermediate Italian beginning immediately. Adults with basic language skills will increase fluency and understanding. This is a great cultural experience if you are planning a trip to Italy or just want to learn more about the Italian culture. Each session costs $70 or a Daily Fee of $17.
The Advanced Italian Conversation Group meets on Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 noon and is also divided into 5 week sessions beginning now. Here you can socialize in Italian while continuing to build on your language skills in a relaxed atmosphere and have fun while interacting with other students who may become friends. Each session costs $80 or a daily fee of $20.
Both classes have discounted rates depending on LBIF membership levels.The summer is a perfect time to improve your language skills in the friendly, no pressure atmosphere of LBIF.
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 New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced a partnership with the federal government to reduce organic certification costs as part of the Christie Administration’s ongoing efforts to promote New Jersey-grown and marketed organic food products.
Through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Certification Cost Share Program and Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost Share Program, each qualified producer or handler of organic products is eligible for a reimbursement of up to 75 percent of its costs of certification not to exceed $750. Certification costs include fees and charges levied by the certifying agent for certification activities.
To qualify for reimbursement under this program, an organic producer or handler must have been certified or incurred expenses for the continuation of certification during the period of October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. Certification must be through a USDA-accredited certifying agent.
In the event that demand exceeds the amount of funds allocated to New Jersey, applications will be processed on a first come, first served basis. Operations may receive one reimbursement per certification or category of certification per year.
Applications must be received by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture no later than November 19, 2015. Applications and more information about the program are available online atwww.nj.gov/agriculture/grants/organiccostshare.html.
Please contact John Denlinger at 609-984-2225 or John.Denlinger@ag.state.nj.us.
With the kickoff of the 2015 boating season here, Ocean County officials are reminding boaters that they can access a free wastewater pumpout service every weekend throughout the summer.
“We are home to the greatest number of marinas in the state. We want people to use our bays and our rivers for recreational boating,” said Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison to the pumpout boat program. “But we also want everyone to enjoy these wonderful natural habitats responsibly and to be mindful of the environment that needs to be protected and preserved.”
Ocean County’s pumpout boats are specially equipped vessels capable of emptying the on-board toilets and tanks of other boats, thus keeping waste from entering the bay. The boats cover different areas of the bay throughout Ocean County. The pumpout boats can be accessed by contacting the captains on VHF Radio Channel 9.
“In its 18th year, we now operate six pumpout boats that are helping us do our part to keep Barnegat Bay and its tributaries clean,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director John C. Bartlett Jr. “We encourage all of our boaters who are out enjoying the bay and our rivers to use this free service and stop waste water pollutants from entering our waterways.”
The Bay Defender, a 23-foot boat with a 420 gallon holding tank and operated by Brick Township was launched in 2014 and joined the Bay Saver in patrolling northern Barnegat Bay. Two other boats operate in central Barnegat Bay and two boats patrol Little Egg Harbor.
“This program has been a great partnership with the state, our municipalities, the Ocean County Utilities Authority and the Tuckerton Seaport,” Vicari said.
The costs to operate all the boats are split between the county and the Ocean County Utilities Authority which allows the pumpout service to be free for boaters.
When boaters are unable to use the many pumpouts based at the marinas throughout the County, they should be using the pumpout boats.
The boats operate Memorial Day weekend through October each year, including major holidays like July 4th, and have steadily expanded their operations. Last year almost 129,000 gallons of wastewater was removed from recreational boats.
“Since the program started in 1998, over 1 million gallons of wastewater has been removed and properly treated,” Vicari said. “Without this program, that wastewater could have been discharged improperly sending pollutants into the bay.”
Vicari credited the boat captains for being “our eyes and ears on the water.”
“They can quickly notify us of any problems,” Vicari said. “They serve as our ambassadors on the water.”
For more information on the pumpout boat program visit the Ocean County Planning Department’s website at www.planning.co.ocean.nj.us/coastal.htm.
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher kicked off the 2015 plastic pesticide container recycling program at the Cumberland Solid Waste Complex in Deerfield on Friday, May 15. The facility is one of six sites around the state that accept the triple-washed containers from now through November. There is no cost for the program.
The state has had a plastic pesticide container recycling program for the last 20 years, with the Department of Agriculture leading the initiative since 2002. The program is open to all New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection-(DEP)-licensed pesticide applicators. The DEP issues participants one-core credit toward their NJDEP pesticide license.
“We encourage all farmers and other pesticide applicators to participate in this important and helpful program,” said Secretary Fisher. “Participation keeps these plastics out of landfills and saves them money. It is a true win-win.”
Secretary Fisher viewed a drop off of a load of containers and the process that occurs during and after a drop off. The Department of Agriculture operates the program, in partnership with the Cumberland County Improvement Authority. Last year, 252,660 pounds of plastic pesticide containers were collected at the Deerfield site and a total of 479,229 pounds for all sites.
Other facilities in the program are Helena Chemical in Hammonton and Woodstown, Allied Recycling in Mount Holly, Rutgers Fruit and Ornamental Extension Center in Cream Ridge, and new this year, Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority in Flanders.
Non-refillable, high-density polyethylene # 2 (HDPE #2) containers used by agricultural, professional and commercial pesticide applicators will be accepted at the collection sites. Containers must be no larger than 55 gallons and properly rinsed. For the detailed program guide, visit www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/md/prog/processingsteps.html.
The Department of Agriculture coordinates the recycling of many different plastic agricultural materials. The Cumberland County facility is one of four sites statewide that accepts nursery and greenhouse film year-round. The Department also lists vendors who will accept for recycling mulch film, irrigation drip tape, plastic nursery pots, drip trays and flats.
For more information about the Department of Agriculture’s recycling programs, visit www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/md/prog/recycling.html.
2015 Plastic Pesticide Container Recycling Program Schedule
66 Route 206 (North of the Route 30/206 intersection)
Hammonton, New Jersey
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday, April 9 (due to a State Holiday on Friday, April 3)
Friday, May 1
Friday, June 5
Thursday, July 9 (due to a State Holiday on Friday, July 3)
Friday, August 7
Friday, September 4
Friday, October 2
2658 Route 206
Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
TIMES AND DAYS:
Monday – Saturday during Allied Recycling’s operating hours.
Cumberland County Solid Waste Complex
169 Jesse Bridge Road (located off Route 55, Exit 29)
Deerfield, New Jersey
(Open trucks or trailers must be tarped before entering Complex)
9 a.m. to 12 Noon
Friday, May 15
Friday, June 19
Friday, July 17
Friday, August 21
Friday, September 18
Friday, October 16
Friday, November 20
Rutgers Fruit and Ornamental Research Extension Center
283 Route 539
Cream Ridge, NJ 08514-9634
TIMES AND DAYS:
9 a..m. – 3 p.m.
Monday – Friday
March 2015 through and including November 2015
Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority
Mount Olive Transfer Station
168 Gold Mine Road
Flanders, NJ 07836
TIME: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday, May 28
Thursday, June 25
Thursday, July 23
Thursday, August 20
Thursday, September 17
Thursday, October 15
440 N. Main St.
Woodstown, New Jersey
TIME: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Friday, April 10
Friday, May 8
Friday, June 12
Friday, July 10
Friday, August 14
Friday, September 11
Friday, October 9