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From Barnegat, with best wishes

Medusa, Frodo, Gemma (from Sons of Anarchy), and Gloria the gypsy fortuneteller, all reported for work at the Barnegat Branch today.

Medusa, Frodo, Gemma (from Sons of Anarchy), and Gloria the gypsy fortuneteller, all reported for work at the Barnegat Branch today.


More photos from the Amixi de Boggiasco e Del Golfo Paradiso performance

Joseph H. Vicari presents a proclamation for OC Board of Chosen Freeholders to Mike Blandina.

Joseph H. Vicari presents a proclamation for OC Board of Chosen Freeholders to Mike Blandina.

Parade Grand Marshal Robert Di Biase leads the dance with Amixi de Boggiasco & the public.

Parade Grand Marshal Robert Di Biase leads the dance with Amixi de Boggiasco & the public.

Musicians from Amixi de Boggiasco.

Musicians from Amixi de Boggiasco.


Co-chairman John Giavatto.

Co-chairman John Giavatto.

Co-chairman Jerry Bove.

Co-chairman Jerry Bove.

Amixi de Boggiasco e del Golfo Paradiso performed in Mancini Hall


The Toms River branch hosted Amixi de Boggiasco e del Golfo Paradison from Boddiasco-Genova-Liguria Friday afternoon. This annual presentation of traditional dances was sponsored by the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee, Inc.

Michael A. Blandina, the committee chairman opened the program.

The Polizia de Stato (State Police of Italy) posted the colors and the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, John D. McMahon Assembly provided the posting arch.

Maria Cambria sang the Star Spangled Banner and Amixi de Boggiasco sang the national anthem of Italy.

Committee co-chairmen Jerry Bove and John Giavatto welcomed the 130 people who attended the program.

Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari spoke about the importance of such celebrations that bring people together.

“First, and most important, is to remember it is all about family,” he said, and then remember the communal responsibilities people learn from their heritage.

One of those lessons Vicari said learned from his ancestors (his father was from Sicily and his mother from Naples) was the need to work and the pride that came with it.

Vicari also praised Mike Blandina’s commitment to the annual festival and presented him with a proclamation from the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“Mike is very dedicated to this and he has a passion for his heritage,” Vicari said.

Of the 530,000 people living in Ocean County, it is home to about 165,000 people who are of Italian descent. The committee spends about $125,000 to host the week-long Italian-American event in Seaside Heights. More information about the festival can be obtained from their website .

Robert Di Biase is the Grand Marshal of this year’s parade.

WW2 air evac nurse to tell her story, share her book at Stafford

ed-BarbaraGruning MANAHAWKIN –    Barbara Gruning, a WWII air evacuation nurse, will talk about her battle experiences and book, “Flight Nurse: From Pearl to Tokyo” 6:30 p.m. Monday Nov. 3 at the Stafford library branch, 129 N. Main St.

Gruning joined the Army Air Corps in September 1943 and went on to train in a newly developed program to become a flight nurse. After her training she flew nearly 300 hours during a period of eight months, caring for wounded soldiers who were being flown to base hospitals all over America.

In December 1944 she volunteered for overseas duty and was based at Hickam Field in Oahu which was bombed by the Japanese when they attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  She flew over 600 hours more, bringing back the severely wounded from all over the Pacific Ocean to Hickam for treatment and transfer to other stateside military hospitals.

The Japanese surrendered on August 14, 1945 and officially signed the document of surrender on September 2nd.  Her final mission just twelve days later was to fly into Tokyo and return to Guam with a plane full of American prisoners of war. She left the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and returned to civilian life.

After returning to the States she settled in Philadelphia and married. She and her husband had one daughter and they moved to rural South Jersey where she worked for several years as a hospital nurse.  She then went on to spend 25 years as an industrial nurse for a large chemical company.   This program is free and open to the public. Please register by calling the branch at (609) 597-3381, registering online at or in person.

Whatever happened to Amelia Earhart

MANAHAWKIN –   Mark Allen, a former Marine fighter pilot and celestial navigator on air-refueling tanker planes, will present “What Happened To Amelia Earhart” at Ocean County Library’s Stafford branch, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin 10:30 a.m. Thursday November 6.

Allen, a member of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), believes that Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan, landed on a tiny uninhabited island now known as Nikumaroro in the South Pacific’s Phoenix islands. Because of evidence that he credits to TIGHAR, he believes the mystery surrounding Earhart has been solved and he will present this evidence to us.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Library.

This program is free and open to the public. Please register either in person, online, or by calling the branch. If you have any questions, call the library for specific information, (609) 597-3381, or check our website at

Knit, crochet @ the Stafford library branch

MANAHAWKIN –   The Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, will host String of Purls – Knit/Crochet Group Saturdays, Nov. 1st and 15th from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Thursday Nov. 6th from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Whether you’re just learning to knit, crochet, embroider, etc., already know how or want to know what a “purl” is, join our group where experts will be available to answer your questions.

Find that creative streak you know you have with this craft that has recently enjoyed an explosion of interest.

For beginners, bring size 10 knitting needles and light-colored 4-ply worsted yarn. To crochet, bring the same type of yarn, and a size “I” crochet hook.

If you’re more advanced, bring the project you’re working on. This is an excellent way to exchange ideas.

This program is free and open to the public. There is no need to register. If you have questions, call the branch at (609) 597-3381, or visit our website at  .

Write that novel during November

TOMS RIVER –  So what do you think? Can you write a novel in a month? How about with a little help?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun approach to creative writing and Ocean County Library’s Toms River branch will participate at two levels this year: teens and adults.

On Nov. 1 aspiring novelists will begin writing a 50,000 word novel and complete it by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 30.

Last year 310,095 people began the month as auto mechanics, home makers, police officers, students, physicians and many other careers. By the end of the month they walked away as novelists.

National Novel Writing Month is sponsored by a non-profit group of the same name that believes a person’s story matters. It organizes events where people find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. It is designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.

Teens, between 12 and 18, will kick off the event 7 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 28. They can register for the kickoff by telephoning the branch 732-349-6200 or 609-971-9514.

Teens will write together on Tuesdays during the month.

Adults can get together Wednesday evenings in November between 5-9 p.m. (3-5 p.m. Nov. 26 because of the Thanksgiving holiday) for a write-in.

The sessions are free and open to the public.

For more information about National Novel Writing Month visit their website .

While not a part of National Novel Writing Month, local author Jon Gibbs will present a workshop entitled “Novel Writing: the first draft” 6:30 p.m. Wed. Oct. 15 at the Toms River branch, 101 Washington St.  Learn how to turn your story ideas into a finished first draft. Bring your favorite pen and paper and be prepared to work.

Gibbs workshop is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514 or go to the library’s website , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

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