Pop Warner coach should not be teaching children

As a resident of Brick Township, it is a pleasure to receive a paper with local news. However, I find it disturbing to read in one edition where a local has been arrested and then several weeks later you are quoting him and appear to be praising him as a Pop Warner coach.

Are these coaches not somewhat of a role model for our children? This coach, who happens to have been the township’s all-star team baseball coach as well, was arrested (Oct. 9) at the football field.

How can the parents and the Pop Warner Board of Trustees continue to allow this member to continue his role? Are they not concerned with the message they are sending to these children?

I’m glad I had the foresight to remove my children from Pop Warner two years ago. It seems that winning is far more important than the old rule "It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game." I guess it’s true, times have changed.

Patrice Picone


Woman’s Club supports governor’s book club program

The Woman’s Club of Brick Township, at its October meeting, pledged to support Governor McGreevy’s Book Club Program.

In a letter to the New Jersey State Federation of Women’ Clubs, the governor stated, "Reading is the foundation of all learning." He acknowledged the commitment of federated women in promoting literacy and praised the dedication of the general federation for having raised and donated $13 million in books and materials to public libraries nationally.

In support of the Book Club Program, members of the local woman’s club have pledged reading time to the children of the Primary Learning Center. In Brick Township, all of the district kindergarten children attend the center before transferring to their local school for first grade. This enrichment program will be under the direction of the principal and the librarian, The Woman’s Club of Brick Township is proud of this civic undertaking.

Eleanor Peterson


Adult school, director have much to offer community

On a recent night I went to Brick High School for a school board meeting and learned something that I wanted to share with others. I met the director of the Brick Adult School, Mr. Greg D. Cole, and was formally introduced to some of the great things Brick schools have to offer.

For some time Mr. Cole has been helping adults find educational opportunities by bringing some of the best teachers who are committed to helping adults enhance their skills. Courses on financial planning, computers, language, dance, self-improvement, and hobbies and crafts, to name a few, are available at night at a very reasonable cost. Those interested in finding out more should call (732) 262-2500.

What makes Brick a great place to live is meeting people like Mr. Cole and seeing his hard work change so many people’s lives for the better. From my conversation, I realized that he was not planning on retiring rich or seeking public fame. He was content with the role he played in our educational system, and I hope he’s around for some time to come.

John Barrett


Resident dismayed at council ‘mudslinging’

It was unfortunate, or maybe I should say fortunate, that I attended the Brick Township Council meeting on Oct. 7. At that time I experienced the worst in people and the best in people in the true sense.

It seems the lone Republican member on the council, Mr. Stephen Acropolis, had discovered what he thought might be inappropriate use of township property by a contractor at taxpayers’ expense. He brought this to the attention of the council as I expected any member of the council should do.

I would have hoped our elected officials wanted to know if tax money is being misused. [Acropolis] was pounced upon first by the mayor and then by two council members of the opposing party who were present that night. The session turned into a distasteful mud-slinging event.

Besides the general public, a former Democratic mayor of Brick Township, who happened to be there that night, came forth during the public comment session to express displeasure after hearing the many vicious statements made. That event should never have happened.

I want to express my gratitude to the three Democrat members of the council — specifically [council] President Kimberly Casten, Kathy Russell and Tony Shupin. They took the high road and did not join in the fracas.

Dominick J. Rappoccio


Beware of telemarketers seeking law enforcement donations

The members of the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, PBA Local 379, wish to alert the citizens of Ocean County that numerous residents have reportedly received telephone calls from telemarketers seeking donations to benefit law enforcement concerns. During these telephone calls, the solicitors have implied that they represent officers from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

Neither the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Policemen’s Benevolent Association or any PBA in the state of New Jersey, including our parent organization, the New Jersey Policemen’s Benevolent Association Inc., uses telemarketing as a means of fund raising. Our officers contribute their money through dues collection to sponsor organizations such as SIDS Walk for Kids, the March of Dimes, and many local scholastic events. Neither the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department PBA Local 379 nor Sheriff William Polhemus are using any type of telemarketing agencies.

Groups such as the Fraternal Order of Police, the New Jersey Superior Officers Association and the Garden State Law Enforcement Officers Association, just to name a few, have traditionally engaged in blanket telephone solicitations of the entire state, regardless of whether or not they actually represent officers from the areas they call. Efforts through legislation are currently being pursued by the PBA to end telemarketing by groups chartered for the representation and benefit of law enforcement officers in New Jersey.

These organizations typically keep 80 to 85 percent of the money collected, meaning a $100 donation would yield $15 to $20 for the police organization.

We urge all residents and businesses to decline requests for donations made by telemarketers. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me at (732) 506-5132.

Jim Pissott

Ocean County

Sheriff’s Department

State Delegate PBA

Local 379

Resident challenges open space claim

When reading a recent quote by Brick Township Democrat Councilwoman Kim Casten, I had to chuckle.

Running under the Scarpelli Team banner has apparently given them the ability to deceive the public by quoting figures that just don’t make sense! For Casten to state that "the 1,100 acres (preserved) .. prevented 1,900 children from going to Brick schools," is a mockery of the intelligence of Brick Township’s electorate.

If I use traditional math logic, taking the roughly 26 square miles of Brick and multiplying it by 640 acres per mile, I get 16,640, OK? That much is irrefutable. Now, let’s throw in the Democratic theorem of mathematics and take that sum and multiply it by 1.727 (1,900 children divided by 1,100 acres, derived from the 1,900 acres that apparently prevented 1,100 children from attending our schools) .. wow! We have 28,737 children enrolled in Brick’s school system. That’s incredible! How do they manage all those children?

I believe that trust is the most important virtue of any elected official. However, without honesty, there can be no trust. By the way, there are approximately 11,500 children in Brick’s school system.

Dan Toth


Congrats to Brick for opposing Home Depot

Hooray for Mayor Joseph Scarpelli, the Brick Township Council and the Concerned Citizens of Brick in their successful attempt to prevent another Home Depot from being built near a drinking water supply in their township! Congratulations to the more than 2,000 citizens who signed the Concerned Citizens’ petition!

It is possible for citizens to make a difference. It is possible to keep Home Depot and Preit Services out. More than 170 communities nationwide have successfully fought to keep this big-box hazard out of their town. Their traffic and hazardous products are not an asset. Home Depot needs to be where they don’t affect quality of life and drinking water supplies. They are a risky venture for any town.

Regina Discenza

Forked River


Herbert L. White

Obituaries Herbert L. White

Mr. White, 88, of Freehold died Oct. 17 at Monmouth Crossing, Freehold Township. Born in Freehold, he was a lifelong resident. From 1945 until his retirement in 1977, he was a machine operator at U.S. Naval Weapons Station Earle, Colts Neck. From 1935-45 he was employed as an office clerk for the A&M Karagheusian Rug Mill, Freehold. He had been a member of the First United Methodist Church, Freehold, since 1926 where he served as assistant head usher since 1950. He was a 1934 graduate of Freehold High School. In the early ’30s he was an assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scout Pack No. 83. He was predeceased by his father, Henry White, in 1949, and his mother, Hazel Anderson White, in 1994. Surviving are two aunts, Josephine Huber of Jackson and Leona Conover of Brick; and several cousins. Funeral services will be held Oct. 22 at the First United Methodist Church, 91 W. Main St., Freehold, with the Rev. Myrna Bethke officiating. Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery, Freehold Township.

Andreas Herbert Fritz Detterbeck

Mr. Detterbeck, 42, of Brick died Oct. 5 at home. Born in Germany, he had lived in Helmetta before moving to Brick 20 years ago. For the past five years, he was a truck driver for R&M Transport, Manalapan. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. Surviving are his parents, Fritz K. and Brigitte Witthuhn Detterbeck of Helmetta; a brother, Hans Detterbeck of Helmetta; two nieces; and a friend, Jim M. Powers, with whom he had lived. Funeral services were held at Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, followed by interment at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Jackson.

Business Briefs

Business Briefs

The annual March of Dimes "Pick a Pumpkin" promotion is being conducted through Nov. 1 to support March of Dimes programs that improve the health of mothers and babies.

Sovereign Bank is participating in the promotion for the 10th year. Customers may purchase the pumpkins at their local Sovereign Bank for $1 to $5 each and then write their name on them for display at the bank. The banks will also be distributing March of Dimes pamphlets to educate women of childbearing age about the importance of managing stress in their lives, particularly during pregnancy, and recognizing the signs of preterm labor, which can be brought on by stress, according to some studies. Babies who are born preterm are at higher risk of long-term health problems and of dying, than babies born at full term (40 weeks).

Funds raised through Pick a Pumpkin support research and programs which will help the March of Dimes address critical issues facing the Central Jersey area, including premature birth, low birth weight and access to prenatal care.

Businesses and companies who would like to participate in the program may call (609) 655-7400.

Ocean County College, Toms River, broke ground Oct. 8 on a new college/community softball field. Slated to open for play in August, the field will be a gated National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulated field with a warning track, dugouts and bullpens with fencing 225 feet down the foul lines. According to Ilene Cohen, OCC athletic director, this will be the first softball facility on the campus to be used by the intercollegiate team, activity classes, intramurals and the Ocean County community.

The architectural firm of Pravin Patel Associates Inc. designed the field. The contractor is Down to Earth Landscaping Inc. Total construction cost is $222,725. The construction completion date is April 1 but will need until the August opening day to grow in properly, college officials said. The college’s future plans for the softball field include adding a press box and spectator seating, as well as the possibility of lights to host evening games.

Dr. Robert C. Pedersen, of Brick, re­cently participated in the annual Center for Research into Safety and Health program, hosted by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, a motor vehicle crash injury research center.

CRASH is a nonprofit organization dedi­cated to advancing the public health and wel­fare by improving the crash worthiness of cars, light trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans.

For the past 17 years, the Spine Research Institute has focused on spinal injuries sus­tained in motor vehicle crashes, such as whiplash and mild traumatic brain injury. Over 3 million such injuries occur each year and result in debilitating injuries in an esti­mated 500,000 people at a total cost in excess of $28 billion.

By observing staged crashes using crash dummies, Pedersen learned about the forces and loads imposed upon people’s spines and brains in car accidents. The goal of the pro­gram is to give doctors such as Pedersen an added understanding of the biomechanics of such trauma so diagnostic methods and treat­ments can be more effectively administered.

My Gym children’s fitness centers announced the opening of a new gym in Allaire Plaza, 1933 Route 35, Wall Township. Owned by Kim and Nigel Wright and directed by Jamie Lee Bruesehoff, the gym, which opened Oct. 17, caters to children from ages 3 months to 9 years.

Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari was presented with a plaque from Ocean County Deputy Clerk Carl W. Block in recognition of Vicari’s selection as the 2003 Italian American of the Year by the members of the Brick Chapter of UNICO at the Fourth Annual Christopher Columbus Brunch held Oct. 5. UNICO is an Italian/American Service Organization that grants scholarships, supports charities and sponsors community and civic activities. Vicari was recognized as the 2003 Italian American of the Year as a result of his significant contributions and dedicated service to the residents of Ocean County.