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Gangwise Project: protecting our youth

TOMS RIVER  –  Three branches of the Ocean County Library will present “The Gangwise Project: What our Community Needs to Know.”

Presented by Edwin Torres, a retired State law enforcement Lieutenant and juvenile gang expert, attendees will learn the general warning signs of gang affiliation. He will also discuss why kids join gangs and offer a brief history of modern gangs.

Torres will give advice for parents and teens to avoid gangs and report on local gang activity. He will also tell where parents can go for help if they know their child is involved with a gang.

The program will be held:

  • Wednesday, May 27 at Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, 609-758-7888
  • Monday, June 1 at Waretown, 112 Main St., 609-693-5133
  • Tuesday, June 2 at Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr., 732-928-4400

The program is suitable for teens, ages 12 and up, their parents, and other interested adults such as educators, clergy and people who work with youth.

The programs are free. Registration is required. Telephone the branch or go to the library’s Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

Sign-in for each program begins at 6 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

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Jackson to present Osteoporosis 101 May 6th

TOMS RIVER –  The Jackson library branch, 2 Jackson Drive, will present “Osteoporosis 101,” a workshop about the bone disease, 2 p.m. Wednesday May 6.

For people who are interested an optional, complimentary bone density screening will be held after the workshop.

Barbara Greenberg-Schwartz, a pharmacist from the Center for Healthy Aging at Monmouth Medical Center’s Southern Campus will discuss the signs, symptoms and risk factors of osteoporosis as well as medications used to treat the disease.

Since both men and women can potentially be affected by osteoporosis, both are encouraged to attend the workshop.

Light refreshments will be provided by the presenters.

The program is part of the library’s “Chapters of Health” series and is open to the adult public, free of charge. Please register online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone 732-928-4400.

Jackson Writers Group hosted book fair

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The Jackson Writers Group hosted a book fair Saturday, Nov. 15.  Ten local authors spoke about their books and read a portion from their works.

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Jackson hosts interactive history lesson about the township

Jackson teacher and author Victoria O’Donnell moderated an interactive history lesson at the Jackson library branch Saturday, Nov. 8.

Jackson teacher and author Victoria O’Donnell moderated an interactive history lesson at the Jackson library branch Saturday, Nov. 8.

The Jackson branch hosted an interactive history lesson on the township Saturday afternoon.

The program was co-sponsored by the Ocean County Historical Society and the Ocean County Library. It was organized by Betsy Dudas, Trustee and Director of the Research Center at OCHS; Principal Librarian Meagan Toohey; and Senior Librarian Jo Anne Morales.

The program included nine panelists and moderator Vickie O’Donnell who is a teacher and chronicler of Jackson history.  Panelists included past library commission director Eleanor Hyers, Alexander Golubov, Ann Korzen Richardson, Bill Linke, Nancy Luna, police Lt. John Decker, Danny Black, teacher Walter Reed and Dr. Vincent DeMura, MD.

“I was an old-time doctor without the wagon,” said Dr. DeMura, who practiced medicine for three decades in Jackson, including stints as school physician, physician to the first aid department and to the police department. “I touched the life of just about everyone on this panel.”

Other panelists shared their unique perspective on growing up in the town and their take on its growth from a small farming community, to a commuter’s bedroom community, to today’s multicultural town.

Nearly 50 people attended the program, including the “dean” of Jackson educators Bernie Reider and Betsy Dudas, Trustee and Director of the OCHS Research Center.

Mr. Reider (I still call him Mr. Reider, ever since I had him for geometry as a sophomore back in 1967) had worked for the Jackson Board of Education (teacher, principal, administrator) since 1963. He knows just about everybody in town.

Other audience members participated by adding their memories of the town including the Great Forest Fire of 1963 and the national importance of the Russian-community vacation spot Rova Farms which was THE social and dining spot for Jackson residents.

2.The Q&A session that followed the panel discussion allowed the 50 attendees a chance to share their memories of Jackson history.

The Q&A session that followed the panel discussion allowed the 50 attendees a chance to share their memories of Jackson history.

Dr. Vincent DeMura practiced medicine in Jackson and “touched the life of just about everyone on the panel.”

Dr. Vincent DeMura practiced medicine in Jackson and “touched the life of just about everyone on the panel.”

Bernie Reider, the “dean” of Jackson educators, spoke of his 51 years in Jackson educating thousands of its children.

Bernie Reider, the “dean” of Jackson educators, spoke of his 51 years in Jackson educating thousands of its children.

Eleanor Hyers, past Chair of the Ocean County Library Commission, spoke about growing up in Jackson.

Eleanor Hyers, past Chair of the Ocean County Library Commission, spoke about growing up in Jackson.

Dan Black was born and raised in Jackson. Dan has guided several authors, including Vickie O’Donnell and the late Karen Riley, to several historic sites in the township. Dan also served as the town’s youngest mayor in the 1970s and confronted the state DEP when it attempted to dump truck loads of radon-contaminated soil onto Colliers Mills property. The state trucks left without dumping the soil.

Dan Black was born and raised in Jackson. Dan has guided several authors, including Vickie O’Donnell and the late Karen Riley, to several historic sites in the township. Dan also served as the town’s youngest mayor in the 1970s and confronted the state DEP when it attempted to dump truck loads of radon-contaminated soil onto Colliers Mills property. The state trucks left without dumping the soil.

Educator Walter Reed spoke about the history of the Jackson school system. He has been deeply involved in the community and Chair of the Jackson Alumni Hall of Fame, raising funds for high school graduate scholarships.

Educator Walter Reed spoke about the history of the Jackson school system. He remains deeply involved in the community and is the Chair of the Jackson Alumni Hall of Fame, raising funds for high school graduate scholarships.

Alex Golubov spoke about the Russian-community vacation spot Rova Farms in the Cassville section of Jackson.

Alex Golubov spoke about the Russian-community vacation spot Rova Farms in the Cassville section of Jackson.

Ann Richardson spoke about growing up in the Van Hiseville section of Jackson.

Ann Korzen Richardson spoke about growing up in the Van Hiseville section of Jackson.

Bill Linke spoke about Jamison’s General Store & Post Office in the Van Hiseville section of Jackson.

Bill Linke spoke about Jamison’s General Store & Post Office in the Van Hiseville section of Jackson.

Nancy Luna spoke about growing up in Jackson’s Hispanic community and Luna Market that was owned by her family.

Nancy Luna spoke about growing up in Jackson’s Hispanic community and the Luna Market that was owned by her family.

Police Lt. John Decker spoke about the history of Jackson’s police department from the time it was patrolled by NJ State Police, to its first three paid police officers, to today’s force of about 80 members.

Police Lt. John Decker spoke about the history of Jackson’s police department from the time it was patrolled by NJ State Police, to its first three paid police officers, to today’s force of about 80 members.

Jackson Writers Group to host book fair this Saturday

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The Jackson Writers Group will host its annual book fair from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Key note speaker Chris Klim will talk about his experiences as a satellite specialist during the Challenger Disaster.

Klim frequently lectures on writing and publishing and is the chair of the Eric Hoffer Award for books and prose. He is also the creator and former executive editor of “Best New Writing.”

Nine other authors will be there to sell, sign and share readings from their work, including:

Louise Ann Barton (horror & history)

Karen Kelly Boyce (children’s and novelist)

Judith Leichliter LaBell (inspiration guidance)

Nicole Caruso LaBrocca (children’s picture books)

J. J. Lair (history & mystery)

Al Lohn (fiction)

Richard Morgan (poetry)

Beth Rinyu (romance & YA novelist)

Danielle Sibarium Tsapp (romance & YA novelist)

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Learn Jackson History thru Jackson Tales

JACKSON –  The Jackson branch will present “The Stories of Jackson Township” 1:30 – 4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 8 and you are invited to reminisce or learn about its history from the people who lived, worked  and raised their families in the township.

The program will feature a panel discussion with several long-time residents. It will be moderated by author Victoria O’Donnell. All ages are welcome to listen, learn and share stories.

The program is sponsored by the Ocean County Library and Ocean County Historical Society. For more information, please contact the Ocean County Library at 732-928-4400 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org. Direct link: http://tinyurl.com/storiesofjackson

John Sebastian to sing at Jackson library branch

TOMS RIVER –  The Ocean County Library’s Jackson branch, (2 Jackson Dr.) will host an outdoor concert featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Sebastian Saturday Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.

Sebastian will play songs that span four decades.

He is best known for his group The Lovin’ Spoonful that played a major part in the mid-60s rock revolution. The band’s first seven singles carted to the Top 10 with their mix of rock, blues, country and folk.

During the band’s hay-day they were known for their unique “roots music” sound in such classics as “Do You Believe in Magic” and “Summer in the City.” Sebastian left the group in 1968 and gave a solo performance at the Woodstock music festival in 1969.

Since then he has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians ranging from The Doors to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

In 1976 his “Welcome Back” became a number one single and was the theme song to the television sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” The song and Sebastian was introduced to a new generation of fans in 2004 when the song was incorporated into the rapper Mase’s hit single “Welcome Back.”

Sebastian was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Lovin’ Spoonful in 2000.

His induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 hasn’t slowed him down. Whether the stage is at Carnegie Hall or a folk festival in some far-flung locale, he is still out there spreading his gospel of American roots music.

The concert is free and open to the public but registration is required. And since the concert will be held outdoors, people must provide their own lawn chairs.

To register for the concert telephone the library (732) 928-4400 or visit its Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the Events and News drop-down menu and then on the Calendar of Events icon.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved indoors.