iPad Winners $2,000 3rd Place WinnerSteve Stewart & son, with Lee Wojnar, VP at O Bee Credit Union Facebook4Tweet0Pin0Congratulations to this year’s Capture the Tag winners! See if your friend or neighbor was one of the lucky winners of over $15,000 in prizes awarded.Here are the winners from the 2012 Capture The TAG Event and the Great $15,000 Cash Hunt. $3,000 2nd Place WinnerDebra Holman with Lee Wojnar, VP at O Bee Credit Union Brenda BeguinHeather AntanaitisRose SwiftJoy PersonZap Riecken $10,000 Grand Prize Winner Douglas Simonsen with Jerry Farmer of ROXY Radio and Lee Wojnar, VP at O Bee Credit Union
Submitted by Ostrom’s Mushroom FarmsOlympia, WA – You can expect to see the familiar Ostrom’s Mushroom Farms trademark across the Puget Sound region throughout 2013 as the company thanks the public for helping it become one of the most successful family farms in the Pacific Northwest.Since its inception in 1928, Ostrom’s has been part of the fabric of the South Sound community. The company has grown with the region and now comprises over 300 growers, pickers and packers who produce high quality mushrooms for a loyal customer base that consumes over 17 million pounds of mushrooms a year.“Many of our friends and neighbors have struggled with this challenging economy, so we felt that the time was right to step up and do whatever we can to support the needs of our community,” explains David Knudsen, Ostrom’s CEO. “We are fortunate to have achieved some measure of success and we believe it is our responsibility to give back to the communities that have helped make that success possible.”Key community initiatives for Ostrom’s include the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia, the South Sound YMCA, and the Thurston County Boy’s and Girl’s Club. Additionally, Ostrom’s will partner with the Sounders Women soccer franchise to further educate our youth on the lifelong benefits of healthy eating habits.“We added support of the Sounders Women to our community involvement initiative because it provides a dynamic forum to reach young women during their critical formative years. The players have an enormously positive influence on their fans, many of whom embrace the Sounders as role models,” said Fletcher Street, Ostrom’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “Of course, it’s no coincidence that these young women and their mothers are primary audiences for our marketing.”Research increasingly reveals why the humble mushroom is qualified to join the ranks of so-called superfoods, such as broccoli and blueberries. Numerous studies suggest that mushrooms may help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.“Mushrooms may seem plain, but they really are a superfood,” says dietician Dr. Sarah Schenker. “They contain virtually no fat, sugar or salt and are a valuable source of dietary fiber, as well as the five B vitamins thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6) and folate. They also contain the essential minerals potassium, copper, phosphorous and iron.Most significant among their mineral content is selenium, which you don’t find in many fruits and vegetables.”Ostrom’s is one of the first mushroom producers to introduce a Vitamin-D enhanced product. By briefly exposing the growing mushroom to UV light, the mushrooms generate significantly increased levels of Vitamin-D, just like a human when exposed to sunlight. This product is particularly suited to the people of the sun-starved Pacific Northwest.About Ostrom’s Mushroom Farms (Scheduled tours are available)Ostrom Mushrooms is located at Mushroom Corner in Olympia, Washington. Family owned and operated since 1928, it is Washington’s choice for quality fresh mushrooms. The people of the Pacific Northwest eat over seventeen million pounds of Ostrom’s mushrooms every year. Ostrom’s team of over 300 growers, pickers and packers is dedicated to providing the best in quality and customer service. Ostrom’s is an industry leader in developing sustainable packaging from local sources that is made from 100% recycled materials and is recyclable. In addition, Ostrom’s was one of the first mushroom farms in the world to introduce Vitamin-D enhanced mushroom products. For more information on Ostrom’s Mushroom Farms, including an entertaining and informative video on their growing process, see: http://www.OstromMushrooms.com. Facebook44Tweet0Pin1
Facebook80Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityWith more than 50 local, regional and international teams, including an increase to 16 teams in the women’s division and an all-new junior division, the 11th Annual Saint Martin’s Dragon Boat Festival is set for a record-breaking year.This extraordinary event will involve more than 1,200 participants in a fun, festive day of dragon boat racing and multicultural performances, arts and crafts. More than 4,000 visitors from the surrounding South Puget Sound region are expected to join in the festivities at the Olympia Port Plaza on Saturday, April 30. This day-long event is free and open to the public.The day will kick off at 9:00 a.m. with welcoming remarks by Saint Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D., and Washington State Senator Karen Fraser, followed by the “Dotting of the Eye” ceremony, a traditional blessing of the dragon boats. The races will begin at 9:30 a.m. A total of 52 local, regional and international teams, including the Seattle Flying Fire Dragons, Team Tsunami and Rip City Paddlers, will hit the water for a day of fun and fierce competition. The paddlers come from universities, high schools, school districts, government agencies, community organizations and local businesses located in various areas, from Seattle to Portland.In addition to the races, visitors can enjoy Chinese traditional art demonstrations, martial arts performances and music, starting at 10:00 a.m. The final heats of the race will commence at 4:00 p.m., followed by a closing and awards ceremony.Saint Martin’s University staff work with the Port of Olympia to put on the annual Dragon Boat Festival.Dragon boat racing is a tradition that dates back to 4th-century China, commemorating famed poet Qu Yuan, who threw himself into the Milo River to protest the political turmoil and suffering of the people at that time. Today, dragon boat races are an opportunity to celebrate culture and community.Saint Martin’s University has been actively involved in education and cultural exchanges with China since 1995. Each year, members of Saint Martin’s faculty travel to China to teach international business, accounting and general education courses. Saint Martin’s students regularly participate in China study tours and internship opportunities in Shanghai and Hong Kong. In addition, 40 students from China are currently studying at Saint Martin’s University.The Dragon Boat Festival draws support from organizations throughout the Puget Sound area and the sponsors are Port of Olympia; the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater; Squaxin Island Tribe; 94.5 ROXY; Capital Mall; Capitol City Press; Olympia Federal Savings and the Associated Students of Saint Martin’s University.“We are excited to continue with the tradition of the Dragon Boat Festival that Josephine Yung, vice president of International Programs and Development, started back in 2006,” says Kathleen Thomas, director of Event Services and Dragon Boat Festival planning committee chair. “In the ensuing years, it has grown leaps and bounds with increased teams, vendors and festival attendees. Even if you prefer not to paddle, come out and experience the convivial atmosphere, enjoy the cultural performances and cheer on your favorite team!”Paddles up!For more information about the Dragon Boat Festival, visit www.stmartin.edu/dragonboat.
Facebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Charter CollegeTeresa Miller had enjoyed a 30-year career as a medical assistant (MA), spending most of it working in group and women’s healthcare facilities, when she decided to give teaching a try. She joined the Charter College Lacey staff in 2016, as a Medical Assistant Instructor.Tia Clancy with Holt during his well baby check-up. Photo courtesy: Charter CollegeTia Clancy worked at a California casino for 13 years before she decided it was time to do something more productive and fulfilling. “I wanted to contribute to society in some way and my friends said I should become a nurse because I like helping people,” she said. “I looked into programs, found medical assisting and decided to pursue that.”Clancy graduated from Charter College in 2014, earning a Medical Assistant certificate. She then joined Olympia Pediatrics as an MA, while also working part-time as a Charter College instructor. She’s excited about sharing her love of her job with others who might be interested in health care. “I love helping families and working with children,” she says.Miller says most people enter this field because they want to make a difference and help people. “Every day I worked as an MA, I went home tired and fulfilled. It’s rewarding being able to help patients who are getting potentially life-changing diagnoses.”Miller and Clancy work with the other Charter College instructors to ensure students are prepared with the skills they need to go out into the real world of health care. “It’s exciting working with our students and sharing what I’ve been doing for most of my adult life,” Miller said. “They’re here because they really want to learn and it’s incredible when I see the lightbulbs go off.”Conveniently located at 4520 Lacey Blvd SE, Suite 40, Charter College Lacey offers programs designed to give students the skills they need to begin a career in the growing health care industry. Currently, Charter College Lacey offers certificate programs in medical assistant (MA) and pharmacy technician.The Medical Assistant program, which is available at all Charter College campus locations, incorporates a combination of clinical, technical and business skills, preparing graduates for entry-level employment in health care, in a variety of positions, including: Medical Assistant, Clinical Assistant, Medical Receptionist or Medical Office Assistant.Clancy says Charter College’s approach to education helped her achieve her goals. “I really liked the flexibility. I was able to hold down an almost full-time job, take care of my kids and attend school,” Clancy says. “Obviously my kids were my priority, but when they were in bed I’d have an hour every night to work on my schoolwork.”Teresa Miller with student Brittany Shultz. Photo courtesy: Charter College“This program can be completed in 10 months,” Miller says. “It’s fast, but it’s not easy. We throw a lot at them in a relatively short period of time.”Most of Charter College’s MA instructors are either currently working in the fields they teach, or they have in the past. “We’re able to share our knowledge and skills with our students,” Clancy says. “When you only learn from a book, it’s not the same.”“We know from experience that you’re going to be touching people’s lives in a very profound way so it’s critical that we get it right,” Miller says.For more information on Charter College’s Lacey campus, visit https://www.chartercollege.edu/locations/washington/lacey-wa.
Easter Sunday’s blue skies and warm temperatures attracted thousands of people decked in their Easter finery to the Asbury Park boardwalk. A photo essay by Scott LongfieldSunday, April 8, 2012 [nggallery id=38]
Betsy Palazzo, left, president of the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals, and her sister, foundation Vice President Koren Spadavecchia, right, pose with Sheila Dean, co-founder of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, during the foundation’s second annual grantee awards breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the foundation’s Tinton Falls headquarters. The foundation awarded $14,000 in grants to nine animal welfare and rescue groups from New Jersey. The foundation also made thousands of dollars in emergency donations of food and supplies in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. The organizations receiving awards are: All Fur Love Rescue; Monmouth County SPCA; Operation Kindness; Cat Assistance Network; ReRun Horse Rescue; Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc.; MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue; New Life Boxer Rescue, and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.
LOVERS OF HISTORY are invited to tour 45 different local sites during “Weekend in Old Monmouth,” held throughout Monmouth County, on May 2 and 3.During the annual event, all entrance fees are waived. Many of the sites are staffed by members of local historical societies, who are happy to answer questions about the rich history and architecture around us.People can visit All Saint’s Memorial Church in Navesink to see the beautiful stained glass windows, climb the narrow steps of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, or visit Dr. Cooke’s Medical Office in Holmdel and see the curious tools from the doctor’s black bag.“Weekend in Old Monmouth is a wonderful event for any- one interested in history and architecture,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the county’s Historical Commission, the coordinator of the weekend event.“The sites on the tour are generally operated independently of one another, but this special tour project coordinates the hours of operation at several locations so history buffs can travel by foot, bicycle or car to enjoy and take in many of the county’s rich historic places all in one weekend.”John Fabiano, executive director of the Historical Com- mission, said the tours are grouped by theme or geography. “Tour visitors can see the places in any order of their own selection. The proposed starting points are just suggestions for those who may be seeking guidance.”The tours also represent several historic themes:• Shore: While the tour includes sites on the north, (Sandy Hook), central (Ocean Grove) and southern shores, (National Guard Militia Museum) the drive along the shore is one of the best ways to feel and appreciate Monmouth County’s relationship to the ocean.Faith: Architectural gems of each of the last three centuries, 18th century Christ Church in Shrewsbury, 19th century All Saints Memorial in Middletown and 20th century St. Catharine’s in Spring Lake. In addition, Old Tennent Church in Manalapan is closely tied to the Battle of Monmouth and the Friends Meeting House in Shrewsbury represents one of the oldest worship traditions in Monmouth County.The Revolutionary War: The Revolution is visited here, not only the major sites in the Monmouth Battlefield area, but in lesser known places such as the Burrowes Mansion in Matawan, Marlpit Hall and the Murray Farm, both in Middletown.Military: There is Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook, the most heavily fortified installation on the East Coast for much of the 20th century, the National Historic Landmark Monmouth Battlefield in Manalapan and one of the more fascinating, but lesser known museums, the New Jersey National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt with museum exhibits and fighter aircraft and tanks.Preservation: Marlpit Hall in Middletown was the first restored house museum in the region, dating from its 1930s opening.Other elements on the tour also include lighthouses, Victorian homes, agriculture, industry, education and science.The following sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 3:All Saints Memorial Church, MiddletownAllaire Historic Village, WallAllen House, Shrewsbury Ardena School Museum, HowellBurrowes Mansion Museum, Matawan Centennial Cottage, Ocean Grove, Neptune Christ Church, ShrewsburyCovenhoven House, FreeholdDr. Cooke’s Medical Office, Holmdel Eatontown Museum, EatontownEden Woolley House, OceanOld First Church, MiddletownFirst Presbyterian Church, RumsonFriends Meeting House, ShrewsburyGreat Auditorium, Ocean Grove Holmes-Hendrickson House, HolmdelInfoAge Science Center (Camp Evans), WallJewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, Freehold TownshipKeyport Fire Museum, KeyportLongstreet Farm, Historic, HolmdelMacKenzie House, HowellMarlpit Hall & Taylor-Butler House, MiddletownMonmouth Battlefield Monument at the Monmouth County Courthouse, FreeholdMonmouth Battlefield State Park, ManalapanMonmouth County Historical Association Museum, FreeholdJoseph Murray Farmhouse, MiddletownNational Guard Militia Museum, Sea GirtOakley Farm House, Freehold TownshipOcean Grove Historical Museum, Ocean GroveOld Yellow Meeting House, Upper FreeholdRed Bank Woman’s Club, Red BankRoosevelt BoroughSt. Catharine’s Church, Spring LakeSandy Hook Lighthouse, MiddletownSeabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club, RumsonSeabrook-Wilson House, MiddletownStrauss Mansion Museum, Atlantic HighlandsOld Tennent Church, ManalapanTwin Lights Lighthouse, HighlandsVillage Inn, EnglishtownOld Wall Historical Society, WallWalnford, Historic, Upper FreeholdWilson Hall at Monmouth University, West Long BranchWest Freehold School Museum, Freehold TownshipAfter April 15, a detailed tour book and tour map will be available on the Monmouth County website at visitMonmouth.com.On the tour dates, each tour stop will also have maps and booklets available.
Original Kiernan Surfers Popularized The Sport On The Jersey ShoreBy Jay CookThe year 1965 changed the way surfing was viewed on the Jersey Shore.Picture the scene: empty Volkswagen Bugs and Ford Woody Wagons lined down Kiernan Boulevard in Long Branch, as their passengers move in waves to Kiernan Beach, which would become the most prolific break for New Jersey surfing. Bonfires, music and surfboards are equally scattered across the beach as surfers, both young and old, share their one beloved hobby.To the generation of surfers who became familiar with this scene summer after summer, the Kiernan Surfing Association was a treasured second home.“It’s an iconic surf spot, and has been for 50 years,” said Gary Germain of Rumson, president of the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame. Nearly 50 members of Kiernan Surfing Association met last year on Sept. 19 at the Kiernan site. This gathering led to talks with the park system about a plaque for Kiernan. Photo courtesy Carter McCoyHe is also one of the “Original 100” members of Kiernan, who started surfing at the Long Branch beach which is now part of Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park.“I joined at about 13-years-old; I used to hitch rides down with friends and members who were old enough to take me,” he said. “Had to do some extra yard work to get the 15 bucks or 20 bucks to join that year.”Kiernan Surfing Association, which lasted from 1965 through 1972 and averaged about 100 members per year, will be honored on its 50th anniversary later this month by the Monmouth County Park System.Scott Thompson surfing at Kiernan Beach, Long Branch. Photo courtesy S. Thompson“They know how important the surf community is to recreational support for the area and taking care of the environment, and the stewardship that’s required to make that all happen,” said Kiernan member Scott Thompson of Red Bank.Starting Sept. 23, Kiernan members from around the country will paddle back to the spot where they first fell in love with surfing, for a two-day event commemorating the club’s rich history during its lifespan.On Friday evening, members will gather at Canyon Pass Provisions in Fair Haven to spend the night around a campfire and reminisce on the old days at Kiernan.The next morning, Thompson expects anywhere between 100 to 175 people to meet at the old site for the unveiling of a plaque dedicated to the Kiernan Surfing Association by the Monmouth County Park System.A memorial service for members who have passed on will also take place in the form of a paddle-out.“It made a mark for a generation of young people in Monmouth County, that they could go to and remember when they were young and what was going on back then,” said Ted Geiser, one of Kiernan’s founding members.According to Kiernan Surfing Association, this was the first official sign for the surfing club, placed right near the entrance. Photo courtesy KSAIn the 1960s, surfing at the Jersey Shore was stigmatized as a hobby for derelicts, groups of guys and gals who had nothing better to do than hang out around the beach.Local surfers did not have a surf spot of their own; they had to either race to the shore early in the morning before lifeguard shifts began, or wait until dusk when those same lifeguards went home for the night, just to get some alone time in the water without being harassed.Thanks to Geiser and his father, who worked as an attorney, local surfers were finally awarded the opportunity to have their own beach.“We met with the owner of the beach, George Savoth, and he drew up some paperwork, where we would form an association, Kiernan Surfing Association, and he would lease the beach to us as a group,” Geiser said.A view of what Kiernan Beach looked like from the end of Kiernan Boulevard. The iconic pilings which made the surf so great can be seen near the water’s edge. Photo courtesy KSAThe stretch of beach which soon became the Kiernan Surfing Association was alongside a family beach club, White Sands Beach Club. Savoth, the owner of White Sands, did not have an issue with surfers; he just wanted protection in the event of an injury.“We had an annual membership of about $20 a year, and with about 100 surfers a year, it would cover the insurance for the guy,” said Geiser.Included in that agreement, the Kiernan surfers would have to lifeguard the beach, along with policing it; that dealt with making sure uninsured swimmers would not get into the water.That specific stretch of beach was also a key component to the creation of Kiernan.The combination of jetties created by the Army Corps of Engineers and leftover wooden pilings “formed a natural preservation of sand there that made a natural surf break, a very large area where the waves would break farther out,” Geiser said.Just a few minute’s walk away from Kiernan Surfing Association was the Monmouth Beach Surf Shop, the headquarters of the Weber Surf Team. Consisting of other New Jersey Surfing Hall of Famers, including Vince Troenic and Charlie Kunes, that area of Long Branch beach became a hotbed for competitive surfing.Former Seaside Park resident Greg Mesanko, who is also an NJ Surfing Hall of Famer himself, spearheaded the team from Seaside Heights that came to face Weber Surf Team.“Casino Pier and the Manasquan Inlet have the same kind of history, but Kiernan was totally the king of that,” he said of Kiernan’s allure.Mesanko turned a love of surfing into a career, as he is the current owner of the Billabong store located at The Grove West in Shrewsbury. Before that, he was the man in charge at Grog’s Surf Palace’s three locations: Seaside Park, Toms River and Point Pleasant Beach.He compared the surfing culture at Kiernan to another movement happening just down Ocean Avenue.“What was going on in the water was similar to the Asbury Park music scene at the same time. It wouldn’t be a stretch to see Bruce Springsteen or Clarence Clemons at the beach or in one of the surf shops.”Kiernan Beach, September 13, 2016. Photo by Anthony V. Cosentino“The surfing scene at that point in time, and the music, was the fabric that held it all together,” Germain said.Kiernan Surfing Association also represented an escape for many during the Vietnam War and possible conscription for of-age boys.“It was more than surfing, because what was going on in the country at the time, a very tumultuous time with the Vietnam War,” said Geiser. “It was a good place for kids to go; we could have been in worse situations than going surfing, and that’s what we did.”Kiernan was the key driving force behind a true movement on the Jersey Shore.“I think one of the greatest phrases about surfing is that the best surfer in the water is the person having the most fun; that was true for all of us in the ‘70s, regardless of our age or our ability,” Germain said. “We just had a lot of fun hanging out together doing something that we loved.”This story was originally published in the Sept. 15-22 edition of The Two River Times. Pick up a copy of the Two River Times at Canyon Pass Provisions in Fair Haven, at the reunion Saturday at Kiernan Beach.
Police continue to investigate who stole plaques from the county’s 9/11 Memorial. Meanwhile, a donor has stepped forward to replace them.Photo by Allison Perrine News of the theft brought people “out of the woodwork” to voice their concerns, said Tom Fobes, superintendent of park operations in Monmouth County. “It was really something, I can say that. So, it really, to me, shows ushow special it is, some of thethings that we do and howimportant it is to the peoplewe do it for,” he said. “It’s aspecial place and people tooknotice as to what happened.” Four stones with cast bronze plaques sit on the ground along the timeline walkway that lays out the chronological events of that morning. In September, three of the four plaques were stolen in the night, ripped away from the stones that held them. The theft stung a community which has vowed to never forget the 9/11 victims and heroes. “We are a 100-year-old firm and have done charitable contributions for many years,” said Baum of the three-generation family business based in Freehold. When an employee who lives in the Atlantic Highlands area informed him about the vandalism, he said he wanted to replace the plaques. At 266 feet, the overlook is the highest point on the Atlantic seaboard, excluding islands, from Maine to the Yucatan. But now a donor has stepped forward to make things right again. Richard Baum of the W&E Baum Bronze Tablet Corp. said he will donate three new plaques replicating the ones that were taken. He could not say what it might cost, but he expects the plaques to be finished in six weeks. Every Sept. 11 since the attacks in 2001 the county has held a memorial ser vice at Mount Mitchill. “We put a lot of time and effort into this event, we’re very proud of this event,” said Fobes. The new ones will bereplicas of the stolen onesand will be made from castbronze like the originals.Baum said the company isdevising special measuresto prevent future vandalismlike creating special gluesthat would make the plaquesharder to remove. The oldplaques were attached to thestones with an adhesive andhardware. The stones are just one par t of the special memorial, located at 460 Ocean Blvd. The stones and the timeline walkway lead to a large eagle sculpture that sits on dark marble etched with the names, ages and hometowns of the Monmouth County residents who died Sept. 11. The eagle sculpture holds a beam from one of the fallen towers. A scenic view of the New York City skyline draws contemplation. There is a quiet, solemn air at the site. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Shortly after the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Monmouth County 9/11 Memorial at Mount Mitchill in Atlantic Highlands was vandalized. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
It’s a red card and it’s going to the Quebec Soccer Federation for their non-compliance to the directive of allowing the wearing of turbans/patkas/keski by soccer players.In a bold, but surprising move, the Canadian Soccer Association Board of Directors on Monday 10 June 2013 moved to immediately suspend the Quebec Soccer Federation for its decision to not allow the wearing of turbans/patkas/keski by soccer players.“The Canadian Soccer Association has requested on June 6 that the Quebec Soccer Federation reverse its position on turbans/patkas/keski with no resolution,” said Victor Montagliani, President of the Canadian Soccer Association, following the Board of Directors meeting. “The Quebec Soccer Federation’s inaction has forced us to take measures in order to ensure soccer remains accessible to the largest number of Canadians.”The suspension will be removed once the CSA receives demonstration that the Quebec Federation has lifted the ban and applies satisfactorily the Canadian Soccer Association’s policy in the matter.How the suspension impacts Quebec players is yet to be determined. However, according to Canadian Soccer News, the impact could be felt in a variety of ways unless the situation is resolved soon.The website said it could result in Quebec all-star teams being banned from playing outside the province, and even the cancellation of games within Quebec that involve a nationally certified referee.The Quebec Federation said the reason for its decision is due to safety.The Federation said its concerned about safety and points out that the rules of the world governing body, FIFA, don’t specifically allow turbans.Critics of the Quebec decision point out that FIFA’s rules don’t explicitly ban turbans, either.