Jennifer L. Grazioso – Forked River Gazette http://www.forkedrivergazette.com Forked River Gazette Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:51:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/cropped-Forked-River-Gazette-Logo-32x32.png Jennifer L. Grazioso – Forked River Gazette http://www.forkedrivergazette.com 32 32 Year One…Year Two http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/year-one-year-two/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 12:07:36 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=31536 Year one of widowhood…the year when the grief is obvious and raw and ugly, gets all the support and attention. But year two is just as hard, it is lonelier.  My solution …keep moving, keep working, and take care of the boys! Year two, as it approaches is pure abandoned to the new and unfamiliar … Continue reading Year One…Year Two

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Year one of widowhood…the year when the grief is obvious and raw and ugly, gets all the support and attention. But year two is just as hard, it is lonelier.  My solution …keep moving, keep working, and take care of the boys!

Year two, as it approaches is pure abandoned to the new and unfamiliar life. I am among the “walking wounded”.

I had an idea that passing the one-year mark meant the hard part was over, like crossing the finish line, things will get better! Year one is a struggle merely to eat, merely to get dressed in the morning, merely to think straight, to cancel your husband’s accounts, change the name over to yours because he is dead. He is not coming home!
By year two, those things are largely resolved. No small feat, yet it is all replaced by a list of second year       to-dos. For instance, knowing that other people must think you should be functioning and working at a back-to-normal level again, and being ashamed and frustrated that you are just not. Facing the truth that he is still — still! — gone, always will be, and there is nothing you can do about it.
In other words, year one is a struggle for survival, year two is the equally difficult struggle to begin living life again. He is still dead!

Some days I do not care about anything. Some days, I am tired — tired of fighting my way forward, tired of not knowing how to configure the printer, tired of       figuring out all the finances, tired of needing the television on, tired of taking the trash out    myself, tired of still having to cancel his mail, tired of everyone else having a spouse, tired of missing David. Just tired.

I want someone to really ask how I am doing, and say David’s name or talk about him freely. It keeps him alive. I know people are trying not to upset me by bringing him up, but I promise, he is    already on my mind.

As I come home every night with the boys, they run inside and I will look up to the sky and I will tell him, I am   trying my very best, it’s so hard … please guide me and give me strength!

Story shared by my dear friend, Faye Roeber, mother of three boys:  George, Thomas and Evan, whom lost their husband and father in July 2015.  Her struggle is real and forefront in her everyday life.

Your life with David was a   beautiful fairytale. His love for you was astounding. I saw a young man in high school turn into an outstanding and loving husband and father. There was nothing David wouldn’t do for you or his sons. He left too soon! You have these lovely memories and amazing experiences that the boys will always be fond of. I know you have endured immense pain and loss. But you are doing wonderfully. It’s okay to still feel lost and unsure. You are     human and suffered a huge loss. Take your time to grieve but don’t be stagnant, keep    moving forward as you are. Take a breath and enjoy the memories from past as you endure birthdays and anniversaries. David is looking down and is proud of the woman, and what his gorgeous wife has overcome.

I love you, Faye.  ~ with love, Jennifer

 

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Lacey’s Free Lunch for Children Program http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/laceys-free-lunch-children-program/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:48:13 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=31468 Written by Jennifer L. Grazioso What happens to the children in the summertime who qualify for reduced and free lunches, during the school year? Do these children go without that lunchtime meal?  Are these parents able  to pick up the slack financially?  Or do these children go without lunch in the summertime? Fortunately, churches, restaurants … Continue reading Lacey’s Free Lunch for Children Program

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Written by Jennifer L. Grazioso

What happens to the children in the summertime who qualify for reduced and free lunches, during the school year? Do these children go without that lunchtime meal?  Are these parents able  to pick up the slack financially?  Or do these children go without lunch in the summertime?

Fortunately, churches, restaurants and volunteers pull together as one and fulfill the missing lunch for these children, which in some cases could be their only meal. 

The other day, I meet with Pastor Applegate, Lacey United Methodist Church to discuss this beautiful collaboration, Lacey’s Free Lunch for Children, a program to assist and meet the needs of those less fortunate in our  community.

Pastor Applegate shares that “we need to lift them up and care for them.”  No one wants negative attention  during a difficult time in life.

The process , Lacey’s Free Lunch for Children, starts with the Board of Education of Lacey Township, who sends out seven hundred letters to the families that qualify (children who receive reduced and free lunches during the school year).  Parents can choose three to five days of lunches when they sign up.  If you have misplaced paperwork or feel your child may qualify,  please contact your child’s teacher or principal within Lacey Township Schools.

Everything is kept anonymous and confidential.  The parents of these children have a cooler on their porch where the drivers  leave the lunch.  “No one  sees anyone, to be respectful to the parents/children,” explains Pastor Applegate.

Lacey’s Free Lunch for Children started in 2013 with 67 children and has grown to 137 children in 2016, a number likely to increase for 2017.

So, you ask, who is involved to make Lacey’s Free Lunch for Children a success?  There are many churches who partake in the program:  Bayshore Fellowship, Community Christian Church, Crossbridge Community Church, Forked River Baptist, Forked River Presbyterian, Lacey United Methodist Church, St. Pius X, and Village Lutheran Church.  Also, Lacey Food Bank for Kids volunteer with the Free Lunch for Children program.

There are many restaurants in Lacey Township who also partake in the program as well:  Walmart, Wawa, Jersey Mikes, Forked River Butcher, Captain’s Inn, Apple Bee’s, ShopRite, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Lanoka Farms, Manhattan Bagels,  and Perkins as well as many local pizzerias.  Volunteers pick up food daily at the above stated restaurants to complete the Free Lunch during the summer.

For example, every day Jersey Mike’s provides heads of lettuce for the salads.  Wendy’s provides apple slices.  Every Thursday, Perkins donates pancakes  and Manhattan Bagels donates bagels.  Forked River German Butcher supplies ham and cheese every Tuesday for sandwiches.

During the Vacation Bible School programs at Lacey United Methodist Church as well as Village Lutheran Church qualifying children are served dinner.

Pastor Applegate says, “we haven’t published  this before due to confidentiality, however, I wanted to share with the community how great these people, churches and restaurants, are who volunteer as well as how amazing Lacey Township comes together when there is a need,” shares Pastor Applegate.  “We have experienced this before during Hurricane Sandy and now with the Drug Awareness program,” explained Pastor Applegate.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Lacey United Methodist Church and ask for Joann (609-693-5222).  They would love to have more volunteers, especially children (help pack the lunches). “It is a great way for children to learn about giving and helping others,” said Pastor Applegate.

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Ryan’s Servicenter Celebrates 50 Years! http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/ryans-servicenter-celebrates-50-years/ Thu, 04 May 2017 12:28:53 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=30816 Who remembers Ryan and Son on Route 9, Lanoka Harbor, NJ?  I sure do…my mom and dad would get gas there when I just a child. Jack Ryan, owner, started Ryan and Son in June 1967, which he successfully ran until 1995.  The original property, located on Route 9, in Lanoka Harbor was then sold … Continue reading Ryan’s Servicenter Celebrates 50 Years!

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Who remembers Ryan and Son on Route 9, Lanoka Harbor, NJ?  I sure do…my mom and dad would get gas there when I just a child.

Jack Ryan, owner, started Ryan and Son in June 1967, which he successfully ran until 1995.  The original property, located on Route 9, in Lanoka Harbor was then sold in 1995. Jack’s son, Jeff and wife, Judy took over Ryan and Son, renaming it Ryan’s Servicenter located next to Lacey Collision/McDonald’s from 1995 to 2005.  In 2005, Ryan’s Servicenter moved to its current location at 603 US 9, Lanoka Harbor. Jack Ryan is still involved in Ryan’s Servicenter to this day. 

Jack Ryan has always been an active supporter of Lacey Township.  He has served on Lacey Recreation since 1985.  Jack assists on bus trips to Ocean County destinations, like the upcoming trip to Lakewood Blue Claws Game on June 6.   He serves as a security guard at Lacey Township Schools for evening sports’ games and events.  Jack is also a member of the Lacey Food Bank, assisting those who aren’t able to drive to the Food Bank.  Many of you may remember him from driving the Lacey Township school bus (1985-1997).  Both Jack and Jeff were members of the Lanoka Harbor Fire Co.

 

Jeff served for 35 years on Lanoka Harbor Fire Company, serving as Past Chief from 1990-1992.   He currently is District Fire Warden of Ocean County, NJ.  Both Jeff and Judy are members of the Lacey Food Bank as well as Rotary Club of Forked River.  Jeff and Judy, married since 1990, have three grown children Jourdan, Jacob, and Jacquelyn.  Let’s not forget their fur babies, Snow Bear and Moose, both rescues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We are a friendly family-orientated facility that goes out of their way to provide all the up-to-date technologies to keep your car running smoothly and longer,” shares Judy.

Ryan’s Servicenter is pleased to offer a wide variety of auto and truck repair services, including:  auto and truck repair, engine repair, transmission repair, brake repair and auto electrical service. Their number one goal is complete customer satisfaction. Every day, with every customer, they focus on providing high-quality auto repair and truck repair services coupled with top-notch customer service. With countless 5-star reviews and customer testimonials, they are proud of our reputation as one of the Lanoka Harbor area’s most trustworthy auto repair shops. They provide a two year parts and labor warranty on all services with a 2 year Nationwide parts and labor warranty on most services.

Customers can access their car service history, check for recalls on their make/model car, make appointments and access the suggested repairs, plus so much more.  Being able to access the suggested repairs is a great benefit for customer’s with busy lifestyles as well as providing video links to why, how and what your car would benefit from said service.

Ryan’s Servicenter is celebrating their 50th Anniversary, 1967-2017, on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. 

Ryan’s Servicenter invite customers to share in their 50th Year Celebration where there will be lots of fun activities for families to enjoy, plus awesome giveaways.  Some of the features of the day are:  Forest Fire, Lanoka Harbor Fire Company and 1st Aid Squad, Sentimental Cruisers, Tom and Dee’s Ice Truck, B98.5 radio station, Popcorn Park Zoo (animal rescues), Baby Girls Haven (animal rescues), ABC (cat rescues), and local businesses. NAPA Auto Parts will giveaway two (2) tickets to Summer Nationals in Englishtown; must be present to win; $200 value.  Ryan’s will also be holding a raffle for a 40″ TV to their customers.

Ryan’s Servicenter, 603 US 9, Lanoka Harbor,  is open Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.  For information call 609-693-2966 or ryansservicenter.com.

 

 

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Manafirken Brewing Company Coming Soon to Manahawkin! http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/manafirken-brewing-company-coming-soon-manahawkin/ Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:32:53 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=30273 By Jennifer L. Grazioso Breweries have been popping up along the Jersey Shore for some time now. Soon the Jersey Shore will be welcoming a new brewery  in Manahawkin, ManaFirken Brewing Company. You may need a map, (I exaggerate a bit), it’s located at 450 East Bay Avenue in an unassuming warehouse.  From the outside … Continue reading Manafirken Brewing Company Coming Soon to Manahawkin!

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By Jennifer L. Grazioso

Breweries have been popping up along the Jersey Shore for some time now.

Soon the Jersey Shore will be welcoming a new brewery  in Manahawkin, ManaFirken Brewing Company. You may need a map, (I exaggerate a bit), it’s located at 450 East Bay Avenue in an unassuming warehouse.  From the outside it could be anything, a storage facility, an empty warehouse or full of treasures.

It’s the latter, full of treasures!  Once the huge industrial size garage door is lifted your eyes are amazed at the glory of the handcrafted bar top created from a log the owners picked in Egg Harbor City with the help of the Schairer Bros Saw Mill.

There are hundreds of pallets to create the back wall of the bar, which is lit from behind creating a nice ambiance.  They used barn doors from Manahawkin circa 1960 as a wainscoting around the room.  They even have a Toledo scale from the 60’s; care to weigh yourself before and after you indulge in the beer drinking.  Another unique feature are the old tools they found at local flea markets utilized as beer taps.

Donn Hoosack, Todd Hunt and William Committe

Let’s take a hop back and talk about the partners, William Committe, Todd Hunt (Owner of Shore Good Donuts, LBI), and Donn Hoosack; each have a love for craft beer and thought it would be cool to open a brewery.  Donn Hoosack has been home-brewing for ten years and brings a great deal of knowledge to the table.  Together in January 2016 they decided Manahawkin was the perfect town and with the warehouse”esque” they were looking for right in Manahawkin, everything fell into place.

What is with the “firken” name?  Well, Firken, my friends, is a small cask of beer.  So, ManaFirken is a play on words between the town “Manahawkin” and “firken”.

Creating the beer is a collaboration of the three partners.  ManaFirken Brewing Company will offer eight to ten beers on tap; STOUT, WHEAT, PORTER, BARLEY, KOLSCH, SAISON, IPA (Indian Pale Ale), and a ROOTBEER (non-alcoholic).  Some beers will be offered all the time as others will be rotated throughout the months.  They will also present seasonal beers.

Customers will be able to purchase taster flights, Firken 3 or Barrel 5; Growlers or Pints.

When meeting with Todd today, I asked “What sets you apart from other breweries?”

“We are selective about choosing grain from different areas to bring out unique flavors,” stated Todd.

If you haven’t visited a brewery in the past, it is an ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) rule to take a tour before being served at the bar.  On said tour, you will learn how to make beer, which is very interesting.  I learned that the amount of grain determines what beer is made.

Eventually, local bars in Manahawkin and Long Beach Island will have taps with ManaFirken Beer!

ManaFirken Brewing Company offers a membership, which has many perks:  1st beer every day is on the house; ManaFirken Beer Club membership card; ManaFirken T shirt;  ManaFirken Glass; ManaFirken Growler; Once Annual Member Appreciation Party; Once Annual Private Party Pre-Release Party for new brew;  and 1st year members will be referred to as “Firken Founders” and posted on website.   They currently have 111 members for 2017, which is sold out.

You do not need a membership to enjoy ManaFirken Brewing Company, the brewery is open to the public.

ManaFirken will not serve food, however you may bring your own or order in.  They will have plenty of events during the year.  They will have live bands and you will be able to view sporting events.

ManaFirken is scheduled to celebrate their Grand Opening between May 5th and 19th, 2017!

Keep a look out on facebook for all our updates.

ManaFirken Brewing Company will be open–Thursday from 3 to 9pm; Friday from 3 to 10 pm; Saturday 12 to 10 pm and Sunday from 12 to 6 pm.  (Subject to change.)

ManaFirken Brewing Company is available to be rented out for private events.

 

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Happy Birthday Ivy Cottage Gifts! http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/happy-birthday-ivy-cottage-gifts/ Thu, 02 Feb 2017 13:25:44 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=29402 Written by Jennifer L. Grazioso Guess who’s two?  Ivy Cottage Gifts is celebrating its second year in Forked River on February 12, 2017.  They want to share this wonderful celebration with you during their birthday week, February 12-18, 2017.  So, come on in and wish Ivy Cottage a ‘Happy Birthday’ and get a free gift … Continue reading Happy Birthday Ivy Cottage Gifts!

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Written by Jennifer L. Grazioso

Guess who’s two?  Ivy Cottage Gifts is celebrating its second year in Forked River on February 12, 2017.  They want to share this wonderful celebration with you during their birthday week, February 12-18, 2017.  So, come on in and wish Ivy Cottage a ‘Happy Birthday’ and get a free gift with purchase. Plus, check out their Facebook posts sharing sales during the whole month of February.

Ivy Cottage has had many highlights throughout the past two years.

Since 2015 Ivy Cottage has remodeled their sales floor giving them more floor space, which enabled owners, Diamond and Rob Frandsen  to add new product lines as well to expand customer favorites.

Two new product lines, Peaceable King and For Tea Sakes, have been added to the store.  Peaceable Kingdom is a line of kids’ cooperative games, in which players compete against the game and not each other.  This company is all about putting down technology and connecting with your family.  It is family-owned and based out of  California. For Tea Sakes offers a unique, distinctive, and high quality tea blends.  They select only the top 5% of the crops yields from all over the world. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivy Cottage has also been able to expand their Stonewall Kitchen line to include Gluten-Free and Organic.  Some of the gluten-free items include pancake and waffle mix mix, herbed pizza crust mix, cornbread mix and many others.  Some of the organic items are:  maple apple onion jam, Maine blueberry cherry jam, sweet chili jam, and many others.   In the past two years,  Ivy Cottage was invited to join Stonewall Kitchen’s  “Jam Tour”, which is a wonderful accolade.

Diamond has expanded the services available for weddings.  Newly engaged brides are encouraged to set up a free consultation.  During the consultation, Diamond and the bride (as well as groom and other members) will explore likes/dislikes, theme, the Bride’s Pinterest boards.  Diamond can assist brides with the following services:  Gift Baskets, favors, place cards, signs (Bride/Groom/Use our Hashtag), seating arrangements, bridal shower, wedding day set-ups, decor and design work.

Brides can customize Gift Baskets to make their wedding day even more memorable.  Ivy Cottage offers Gift Baskets for the “Out of Town Guest”, “Bridesmaid/Groomsmen”, “Flower Girl/Ring Bearer”, the ideas are endless.

Let’s not forget that brides, mother of the bride, bridesmaid, etc., can shop in the wedding department at Ivy Cottage for many beautiful items like the bride and groom champagne glasses, wedding cake forks, a variety of frames, and so much more to use throughout the whole wedding celebration.

When you walk into Ivy Cottage Gift Baskets for the first or second or tenth time you can expect excellent customer service with a friendly face.  They offer unique gifts with an ever-changing line-up of to fit the upcoming seasons and holidays.

“We can assist someone with their idea by gathering, creating and sourcing it,” said Diamond

A matter of fact a customer, Judy, noticed on the window outside of Ivy Cottage the Esty sign.  Judy decided to come in and ask for some assistance.  She wanted personalized labels to put inside the handmade sweaters she knit for her grandchildren, but was unable to navigate Etsy.  Diamond sat with her and found a designer she liked; and the labels are shipping in a couple of weeks.  Here is an example of going above and beyond for the customer; note there was no charge for the service for Judy.

Their gift baskets are exceptionally crafted.  You can select from the already made gift baskets or you can collect products and create your own.  There is a basket for every occasion:  birthday, sympathy, new home,  and more.  Speaking of new home, Diamond offers house accounts to realtors (and any other professionals) to create and deliver gift baskets to their clients as thank yous.

Diamond Frandsen, past President of Rotary Forked River, supports her hometown by participating in the Rotarian Thanksgiving and Elf programs as well as many other programs throughout the year.  She donates to the Lacey Foodbank each month.  Ivy Cottage is in a partnership with GreenBriar Women’s Club donating to their Fashion Show, which the proceed go towards local scholarships.  She is also in a partnership with Lacey High School DECA club, in which students work at the store to learn about entrepreneurship.   Ivy Cottage gives donations to many of the cheer teams, basketball teams, as well the PTA; to name a few.  Diamond’s husband, Rob, is a volunteer fireman, 3rd generation, for Forked River with 24 years of service.

“We really are a hometown gift shop.  We’ve seen the community change and reflect the needs of the community.  As much as we support the community we want the community to support us back,” Diamond stated.

Ivy Cottage will be at Manahawkin Holiday Inn on February 19 for the Elegant Bridal Show from 1-4pm.

Ivy Cottage Gift Basket is located at 407 Lacey Road, Forked River and is open 7 days a weeks; 609-693-1914. They deliver locally and ship nationally.

www.ivycottagebaskets.com

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Business Feature: Diana’s Hallmark, Lacey Township, NJ http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/business-feature-dianas-hallmark-lacey-township-nj/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 21:33:59 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=28076 By Jennifer L. Grazioso Did you know that Diana’s Hallmark in Lacey isn’t a franchise?  It is family owned and operated by husband and wife, Dave and Diane Longmuir, who also own two other Hallmark stores in Hamilton, New Jersey a suburb of Trenton. Diana’s Hallmark in Lanoka Harbor celebrated their 20th year in the … Continue reading Business Feature: Diana’s Hallmark, Lacey Township, NJ

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By Jennifer L. Grazioso

Did you know that Diana’s Hallmark in Lacey isn’t a franchise?  It is family owned and operated by husband and wife, Dave and Diane Longmuir, who also own two other Hallmark stores in Hamilton, New Jersey a suburb of Trenton.

Diana’s Hallmark in Lanoka Harbor celebrated their 20th year in the Lacey Mall this October.  Dave and Diane express the importance of customer service in their store.  A matter of fact, the employees are known for taking the time to guide and read cards to long-time customers who need special help.

Diana’s Hallmark was rated in the Top 200 Stores in the United States by Hallmark.  They were recently voted Best Card & Gift Store by the Trentonian for their location in Hamilton.

While I have been to Diana’s Hallmark in Lacey before, it had been a while since I have been there.  I took the time to really walk around and check out the products offered.  I was extremely impressed with the variety of products and assortment of different price points.

Some of the items offered are:  Yankee Candle, Precious Moments, Stonewall Kitchen, Lenox, Mantra Bands, Elf on a Shelf, Wind & Fire Bracelets, Jim Shore, Willow Tree Angels and of course Hallmark Cards and Keepsake ornaments.

Some products you may not be aware that Diana’s Hallmark carries are:  Vera Bradley, Lolita Wine Glasses (each one is hand-painted and has a drink recipe on the bottom), Shore-related products, Life is Good (a T-Shirt company that gives 10% net profits to Kids in Need); Michel & Co (soap and candle company from England, a great hostess or teacher gift), Melissa and Doug (wooden and teaching toys and DIY projects); David Bradley and Asher Chocolates (each are family owned and operated chocolate companies).

Some unique gift options at Diana’s Hallmark: From the Heart is a bangle bracelet that allows you to personalize it with your high school logo like the paw print from Lacey or the eagle from Central; plus the price is only $14.99.  Turkey on the Table is a phenomenal product that teaches gratitude.  Each one comes with a book, turkey and feathers; you and your child/children write a note each day on a paper feather from now until Thanksgiving about what you are grateful for, increasing the turkey’s plumage each day.  This would be a great sentiment to share on Thanksgiving day or from year to year. “The proceeds from this product supports Feeding America,” said Diane.

In July of each year Hallmark starts introducing the Keepsake ornaments.  There are so many interesting ones to see and start collecting, like The Wizard of Oz, Peanuts, or even one for Big Bang Theory.  They have miniature ornaments for a small tree, great for a nursing home setting or kid’s bedrooms.

There are great benefits to joining the Hallmark Crown Rewards Program.  The customer is enrolled by the store sales associate for special promotions, coupons, and a birthday program (free gift and 20% off purchase).

Diana’s Hallmark offers free gift wrapping.  Also you can visit Hallmark.com  to order your items and have them ready to be picked up in-store.

The next event at Diana’s Hallmark is their Holiday Open House on November 12 and 13. Come celebrate with them and save 30% on Select Hallmark Gift Collections.

Often when people see Hallmark, they automatically assume it is a franchise and therefore expensive.  These are two things Diana’s Hallmark is not.  You can get great gifts for any occasion at great price points.  So next time you need a gift for a co-worker or grandma, come over and shop.  You will not be disappointed.  Great customer service and free gift wrapping, how could you go wrong?

Diana’s Hallmark is located in Lacey Mall, Rt. 9, Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734; 609-693-0111.  Hours:  Monday to Saturday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 10 am to 5pm.

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Party Place Cafe Celebrated One Year Anniversary http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/party-place-cafe-celebrated-one-year-anniversary/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 21:20:11 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=27936 Party Place Cafe located in Forked River celebrated their one year anniversary this October. Gary, owner and long time resident of Lacey Township,  along with his daughter, saw a need for a business that provided a warm friendly atmosphere serving great food as well as the ability to hold parties and events. Party Place Cafe … Continue reading Party Place Cafe Celebrated One Year Anniversary

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Party Place Cafe located in Forked River celebrated their one year anniversary this October. Gary, owner and long time resident of Lacey Township,  along with his daughter, saw a need for a business that provided a warm friendly atmosphere serving great food as well as the ability to hold parties and events.

Party Place Cafe welcomed a new chef, Shelly, with over 20 years experience in the food industry. She started out at Carroll’s Restaurant in Manahawkin and then spent 8 years at Coffaro’s, an Italian American Restaurant in New Brunswick.  After which, she served as a sous chef at Upper Crust in Flemington for 6 years.  She then spent 3 combined at Lacey Elks and Lacey Diner.

Shelly is excited to share her eclectic food experiences here at Party Place Cafe.  She loves to make sure each customer has a wonderful meal whether they are looking for something on the light-side or something little more rich and decadent.

Shelly enjoys adding a “twist” to the typical menu items.  Such as an Egg Salad BLT which usually has lettuce, however, Shelly’s is an Egg Salad BST…with Bacon Spinach and Tomato on a croissant.  Another example, is her Crust less Quiche using zucchini for the crust; making the item paleo and gluten free.

Party Place Cafe offers Meals to Go, easily prepared, fully cooked, served in microwavable containers.  Each meal comes with a soup or a salad and a side for only $7.99. Currently they are running a special:  Buy 3 Meals to Go and get one free.  These are great for those nights you are don’t feel like cooking; just spent the day at work and afternoon on the field cheering your children on at soccer or filed hockey; or for those who are on their own.  Some of the choices are:  Chicken Parmigiana, Stuffed Peppers, Shrimp Scampi, or Penne Pasta with Meatballs or Sausage.

Did you know that Party Place offers catering?  Well, they DO!  They will cater on or off-site.  They have sandwich platters, wraps, you name it…a fully customizable menu for your special occasion.  Remember when I said Chef Shelly likes to put a “Twist” on things?  Well, it doesn’t stop in the restaurant, she does it for catering as well.  For example, we have all had Chicken Francaise.  Shelly makes Chicken Francaise stuffed!  Stuffed with spinach, mushrooms and garlic…mmmmm.  Also, she does these egg rolls:  Irish Corn Beef, Cheesesteak and Sausage and Peppers.  Are you thinking what I’m thinking…Holiday Party?

Remember to keep in mind that Party Place Cafe hosts Birthday Parties as well, so you can enjoy your party, plus we do all the clean up!  They have a huge array of themes for you and your child to pick from; super heroes, princess, etc.  Their most popular ones are “Be a Chef”,  “Decorate a Cupcake” and the “Painting Parties” themes.  There are many add-ons such as a jump house, pony rides and the rock wall.  The parties start at $12.99 per child.

So come on in and visit …give a warm welcome to Shelly.

Check out Facebook for their Daily Special.  Party Place is located at 212 Lacey Road, Forked River; right next to the Goddard School; 609-242-2233.  Their hours are Monday to Friday 7am to 6pm; breakfast and lunch on Sundays.

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LIFF Review Night Two http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/liff-review-night-two/ Sat, 11 Jun 2016 15:04:31 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=25628 Last night I attended the Lighthouse International Film Festival’s second evening and watched two films, Women Who Kill and Until Proven Innocent at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences. The first film, Women Who Kill, was directed by Ingrid Jungermann, who also starred as the main character, Morgan.  Morgan and her … Continue reading LIFF Review Night Two

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Last night I attended the Lighthouse International Film Festival’s second evening and watched two films, Women Who Kill and Until Proven Innocent at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences.

The first film, Women Who Kill, was directed by Ingrid Jungermann, who also starred as the main character, Morgan.  Morgan and her ex-lover, Jean  live together as well as produce a pod cast that discusses female murderers. Along the way, Morgan meets a women, Simone, who they suspect might be a murderer.  Morgan must decide on which world to cling to: Jean, the lighter side or Simone, the darker side.

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Overall, I enjoyed this movie.  Ironically it had a great bit of humor within an odd story focused on murder and the thoughts of someone who was worried about being murdered.

The second film, Until Proven Innocent directed by Andrew Jackson was a powerful piece.  The story took place in Corpus Christi, Texas in 2006. It focused on the Overton family and their fostering of a four-year old boy, Andrew Burd. While in care of the Hannah Overton, Andrew died.  She was charged with capital murder.  From the first interrogation to the trial, Hannah was unfairly treated and ultimately wrongly accused.  It took 8 years for her dream team to correct the wrong.

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If you have never been to the Lighthouse International Film Festival, you must go over and see a film.  There really is something for everyone.  They have three locations:  The Long Beach island Foundation, Surf City Fire Volunteer Station and Long Beach Island Historical Museum.  For more information go to:  www.lighthousefilmfestival.org.

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Business Feature: Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant & Market http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/business-feature-anthonys-seafood-restaurant-market/ Wed, 04 May 2016 23:08:15 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=24751 Written By:  Jennifer L. Grazioso Anthony McCarthy has been in the fish wholesale, restaurant, and market industry since 1978, from working with his father at Anthony’s on Rt. 37 in Toms River, NJ to being proprietor of Anthony’s in Forked River, NJ today. McCarthy started in Philly as a buyer for Neil Stein’s Striped Bass … Continue reading Business Feature: Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant & Market

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Written By:  Jennifer L. Grazioso

Anthony McCarthy has been in the fish wholesale, restaurant, and market industry since 1978, from working with his father at Anthony’s on Rt. 37 in Toms River, NJ to being proprietor of Anthony’s in Forked River, NJ today.

McCarthy started in Philly as a buyer for Neil Stein’s Striped Bass in the 90’s. Today he still owns and operates a wholesale fishing company that handles over 20 high-end restaurants in Atlantic City, Philadelphia and Washington DC;  restaurants including Buddakan, Rouge, Nectar and Fork. 

The fish that Tony delivers is caught and within a 28 hour period, it is prepared, trucked and garnished in order to provide the restaurant’s the freshest possible product. Tony’s passion and collaborations with these chefs has set a standard for seafood along the Mid-Atlantic.

Upon opening, 11 weeks ago,  Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant & Market in Lacey Township has been a wonderful opportunity to share the delicious, local and seasonal fish.

One of their top dishes that customers rave about and return again and again for are the crab cakes served with jumbo lump crab, lettuce, tomato, tarter or cocktail sauce.  Mango Salmon is another favorite, served with fresh mango salsa, scallion puree, and citrus risotto.

 

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My husband and I had the Local Craft Battered Fish & Chips the other day. It was delicious. It is Alaskan Cod, local craft beer battered, x-crispy fries (so yummy) and homemade tartar sauce with house-made cole slaw (I really like the zip to the slaw).  Next time, I will try the fish tacos.  The gentleman next to me was enjoying them…and I truly wanted to reach over and grab one when he wasn’t looking.

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Tony and his wife, Sharon as well as his daughters, Amanda and Angela are very excited to have you come on in and enjoy the many delicious seafood menu items.  See advertisement on next page for menu.

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Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant & Market is located at 17 Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ. Call 609-693-0400 or 609-693-7678 for more information.  Hours:  Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 8:30pm; Sunday 11am to 6:30pm; Monday–Gone Fishing!

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Gazette Earth Day Crossword Puzzle 2016 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/forked-river-gazette-earth-day-crossword-puzzle-2016/ Thu, 07 Apr 2016 16:35:26 +0000 http://www.forkedrivergazette.com/?p=24063 The post Gazette Earth Day Crossword Puzzle 2016 appeared first on Forked River Gazette.

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