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AS WE REMAIN in the grips of harsh winter weather, Ocean County wants to make certain its senior population, in particular the frail and homebound, is prepared for the extreme cold.

“While snowy weather and plunging temperatures have an effect on everyone, the elderly are often more susceptible to the dangers of winter,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as Chairman of Senior Services. “We cannot stop the winter weather from coming. But we can be prepared for it.”

With about 170,000 seniors calling Ocean County home, Vicari urges any senior who is in need of assistance to contact the Ocean County Office of Senior Services at 732-929-2091 to determine what kind of help may be available. Continue reading OCEAN COUNTY OFFERS HELP FOR SENIORS DURING HARSH WINTER WEATHER

Lacey Elk’s Lodge # 2518 – Winter Wonderland Special Needs Children Charity Ball

Lacey Elk’s Lodge # 2518 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is having a Winter Wonderland Special Needs Children’s Charity Ball fundraiser on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

The event is being held to raise funds for the Special Needs Children’s Committee (SNCC). One such program that the committee supports is Camp Moore, which is a New Jersey State Elk’s Association major project, dedicated to fun and expanding the life’s experiences of special need’s children. The camp, also known as the Miracle on the Mountain, is located in the Ramapo Mountains and is dedicated to enriching the lives of special needs children. The SNCC holds fundraisers during the year that support and engage special needs children in activities, programs and events.

Adult admission donation is forty dollars per person which includes hor d’oeuvres, dinner, refreshments, dancing, photo booth, entertainment by DJ Chuck, raffle auction and much more. Doors open at 6 pm, cocktail hour starts at 6:30 pm, the event runs until 11 pm. Business attire please.

For tickets please call JoAnn Crossley at 732-267-3652 or Terri Sullivan at 732-278-0020. Tickets are also available for sale at the Elk’s Lounge. Lacey Elk’s Lodge # 2518 is located at 900 Beach Boulevard, Forked River, New Jersey. Help us celebrate over forty years of supporting Special Needs Children in our community. Help us help a neighbor. Elks Care – Elks Share. Tell a friend.



Come and celebrate the spirit of Christmas with us! Don’t miss the original musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ charmingholiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” byRiddlesbrood Touring Theatre Company with acclaimed special guest Director, Gina Shuster. Shuster, a New York actress, director and producer, who now resides in Toms River, N.J., continues to expand her acting and directing career as a core member of Riddlesbrood casts and production staff for over 25 Riddlesbrood shows. She is also a member of the Riddlesbroodteaching staff of The Strand School of the Arts. You and your family and friends are invited to join us for this timeless heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from greed to redemption that will surely raise your spirits and warm the cockles of your heart as you travel through time with the Ghosts of Christmas and witness the ultimate transformation of this miserly old skinflint into jolly Father Christmas, himself!

With a sensational 45-member cast of all ages from N.J. and P.A., a phenomenal set , transformative lighting, and fantastic colorfulcostumes, you can count on the comedic touch of Riddlesbrood to make this resplendent, full-scale original musical adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” one of the most entertaining highlights of yourholiday season. So don’t wait! Purchase your tickets now. All ages show!

A dynamic, professional group of entertainers dedicated to providing top-notch amusement-and touring it anywhere! Their unique brand of comedy appeals to a large demographic and will make you explode with laughter!

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Ocean County Library Hosts Thanksgiving Food Drive

In partnership with Ocean Mental Health Services and the Ocean Cares Foundation, the Ocean County Library will be collecting donations of non-perishable food from Nov. 9 to Nov. 23 at its Point Pleasant Beach and Island Heights branches.

“OCL is happy to partner with these agencies to provide assistance to families struggling during the Thanksgiving season,’’ Chief Librarian Rita Oakes said.

The donations will fill food baskets for individuals and families in need served by Ocean Mental Health Services and the Ocean Cares Foundation.

The Island Heights branch is located at 121 Central Ave. Island Heights. The Point Pleasant Beach branch is located at 710 McLean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach.

The Ocean Cares Foundation, helps those with mental health needs access to services and support, allowing them to live healthier and succeed in their treatment goals and lead healthier lives.

Ocean Mental Health Services has been providing counseling to the residents of Ocean County since 1959. The agency’s programs are available to adults, children, and families.  Programs include counseling, foster care, group homes, partial day services, a private school for children with emotional and behavioral challenges.

Non-perishable items being sought include canned vegetables, turkey gravy, corn bread and muffin mix, stuffing mix, bags of candy and nuts, cereal and pancake mix, canned fruit, cranberry sauce, mashed potato mix, cake and brownie mix, Jell-O pudding, mixed drink mixes, pasta, rice and beans and soup and broth. It has been requested that no glass jars be donated.

Donations to the Thanksgiving food drive can also be dropped off at the headquarters of Ocean Mental Health Services at 687 Route 9, Bayville.

To learn more about OceanMHS or the OceanCares Foundation visit or call 732-269-4849 Ext. 640.


Cornwall:  Its Legends and Legacies

Mark R. Vogel

Cornwall is the most westerly county in the south-western peninsula of Great Britain.  A rather isolated peninsula, its verdant landscape is the product of heavy rainfall and a moderate climate tempered by the sea.   Its scenic coastlines are punctuated by granite hills and are a popular tourist attraction.  Even Sherlock Holmes vacationed there, although his respite was interrupted by yet another murder mystery to solve in the “Adventure of the Devil’s Foot.”

Cornwall is the birthplace of the mythical King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.  As the story goes, the sorcerer Merlin imbedded a sword within a stone and proclaimed that whoever could withdraw the blade would become king.  Arthur did so and was crowned by Merlin.  Other plots in the Arthurian saga include his victorious battles with the Romans, the quest for the Holy Grail, the adulterous relationship between his wife Guinevere and the famed knight Sir Lancelot, and Arthur’s ultimate demise by his nephew Mordred.  Historians to this day debate whether Arthur is completely fabricated or whether he was a real person.  It’s fairly certain he wasn’t an actual sovereign of England but he may have been a notable warrior who became the impetus for an elaborately embellished legend.

The actual history of Cornwall begins around 4500 BC, the age of the oldest stone tools found in the area.  In 2500 BC Cornwall’s denizens began trading their tin and copper for bronze tools and gold with foreign civilizations.  In 1000 BC the Celts, a bellicose people from the European continent, settled in Cornwall and became the ancestors of modern day Cornishmen.  Cornwall was subsequently dominated by the Romans, the Saxons, and then after the Norman Conquest, finally began its integration into modern day England.

Cornwall, being nearly surrounded by the sea, naturally employs seafood in its traditional cuisine.  However, potatoes, turnips, dairy products, eggs, biscuits, puddings, and the world renowned Cornish pasty (a             pastry filled with meat and vegetables and sometimes fish), are also culinary mainstays.  But it’s the Cornish hen that my historical meandering has ultimately led us to. Continue reading Cornwall:  Its Legends and Legacies