A message from the staff of the new Brick Bulletin

A message from the staff
of the new Brick Bulletin

Welcome to the first edition of the Brick Bulletin — your newest neighbor and connection to the local news that readers across New Jersey tell us they most desire.

Although we are new to Brick, this newspaper is published by Greater Media Newspapers, a growing professional newspaper company with roots going back more than 100 years in Central Jersey journalism. Perhaps you are familiar with some of our other products: the News Transcript, for example, which has served the Freehold area for 114 years, or the Tri-Town News, which has served the nearby communities of Lakewood, Jackson, Plumsted and Howell for more than 16 years. If not those publications, then you’ve likely seen one of the other seven local newspapers we publish. The number of local newspapers we produce makes us one of the most experienced and recognized news organizations in the state, and one of the largest, with a cumulative weekly circulation of about a quarter million homes each week.

We know local news, and how to provide it. We know our readers. We know our state. And we know our communities.

We realize that Brick is a competitive newspaper market, and a vibrant community — and that is what is so exciting about this new venture.

No doubt you’ve heard the promises before — Read our paper, and we’ll give you all the news you need, and lots you didn’t know you needed in the first place!

No doubt you’ve been disappointed.

We won’t make those promises. From us, you’ll only have our solemn professional pledge: each and every week, we will provide you with the most comprehensive and trustworthy package of local news available, and we’ll do it for free.

All you have to do is give us a few weeks to prove ourselves, and we believe you’ll agree that the Brick Bulletin is the best local news product in the market.

Please remember in the following weeks that this is your newspaper, and the more involvement we have from our readers, the more integral the publication will be in the life of the community.

Elsewhere in this issue, you’ll find information about how to get your news in the Brick Bulletin, how and where to submit social, school and business announcements, whom to call with a complaint, how to reach us on the Web, what we look for in guest columns and letters to the editor, and whom to call with a news tip or story idea.

We invite you to make the Bulletin your community forum, the bulletin board where you and your neighbors learn what’s going on.

We invite you to help us make the premier edition of the Brick Bulletin the start of a long and rewarding relationship.

Mayor extends welcome to the Brick Bulletin

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the Brick Bulletin and Greater Media Newspapers to our community. I am familiar with your company and I am confident that your publication will be a great addition to Brick Township.

A free press is a bulwark for individual freedom and a key component of a healthy democracy. Having impartial, unbiased parties responsibly reporting the news about the workings of our government and community events is one of the most important services one can provide for the residents of Brick Township. I am certain that your staff will be up to the task.

Brick Township is a vibrant, exciting community, and I am sure that you will find a great deal to report on. Whether it is our popular Cabaret and Cultural Arts Series, our many family festivals, our Open Space Preservation Program, Brick Township’s renowned youth sports programs or our senior programs, there is always something good going on in Brick Township.

Again, welcome to Brick Township, and I look forward to working with you in the future with what’s best for Brick Township in mind.

Joseph C. Scarpelli


Township of Brick


Greater Media Newspapers prints obituaries as a free community service, at no charge to the families of the deceased or to the funeral homes that provide the information.

ANTHONY LUCANTE SR., 90, of Manalapan died Nov. 1 at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. Born in Newark, he resided there before moving to Manalapan 27 years ago. He was an auto mechanic at Casey’s Trucking Co., Newark, retiring in 1978. Prior to that, he was a welder for seven years at the Federal Shipyard, Jersey City. He was predeceased by his wife, Natalie Lucante, in 1969; and a son, Jerry Lucante, in 1993. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony and Arlene Lucante Jr. of Brick, Joseph and Sandralee Lucante of Courtland, Ohio, and Vincent and Susan Lucante of Howell; a daughter and son-in-law, Joanna and Jimmy Tedesco of Manalapan; three brothers, Jimmy Lucante of Arizona, Natale Lucante of Freehold Township, and Ralph Lucante of Bayville; two sisters, Anna Lucante and Helen Lucante; and five grandchildren. A funeral liturgy was celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church, Englishtown. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

GEORGE GUNSHEFSKI, 60, of Brick, formerly of Bayonne, died Oct. 27. Born in Bayonne, he moved to Brick in 1975. He was employed at New York Bell (now Nynex) for 30 years as a telephone technician, retiring in 1992. He served in the Air Force. He was a member of the Brick Knights of Columbus. He was predeceased by his father, Edward; two sisters; and a brother. Surviving are three children, Linda, George and Jaimee Gunshefski; his mother, Eleanor; three sisters, Carol Ponik, Maryann Ruiz and Eleanor Cardone; four brothers, Edward, Robert, Joe and John Gunshefski; and two grandsons. A Mass was offered at Visitation Roman Catholic Church, Brick.

MARGOT J. ORTLEY, 77, of Brick died Oct. 27 in Church Lane Senior Care Center, Broomall, Pa. She was co-owner and operator with her late husband, Robert, of Mar Bob Inc., a tax and accounting firm in Brick, from 1950 until her retirement in 1987. Born in Luxembourg, she came to the United States in 1948 and settled in Bay Head. She moved to Point Pleasant in 1950, Wall in 1960, and Brick in 1979. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Dr. Glenn R. and Susan Ortley of Springfield, Pa., and Robert W. Jr. and Colleen Ortley of Wall; and three grandchildren, Tarah, Christen and Steven Ortley. Services were held at the Silverton Memorial Funeral Home, Toms River. Interment was in Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River.

LEONA "LOLA" SHUBERT, 86, of Greenbriar I in Brick, died Oct 27 at her daughter’s home. She and her husband Charles owned and operated Ye Ole School Inn, Lavallette, for 50 years. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Lavallette; the Order of the Eastern Star Seaside-Galilee; and a former member of the Lavallette PTA, the Lavallette Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the New Jersey Restaurant Association. She was born in Latvia and came to America when she was 4 years old. She lived most of her life in Lavallette. She and her husband retired in 1977 and moved to Marathon, Fla., returning to live in Brick in 2000. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles, in 1979; and a son, Charles Guy, in 1981. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela V. and James J. Cox of Brick; a nephew; four granddaughters; a grandson; and five great-grandchildren. The Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, Lavallette, was in charge of arrangements. Services were held at Faith Lutheran Church, Lavallette. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle. Memorial donations may be made to Care Alternative Hospice, Cranford.

HELEN E. SMITH, 79, of Brick died Oct. 27 in Laurelton Village Care Center, Brick. She worked as a secretary for the Colgate Palmolive Co., New York City, for 30 years, retiring in 1964. She was a member of the Lions Head South Women’s Association and the Women’s Golf Club, Brick. Born in New York City, she lived in Jersey City and Belford before moving to Brick 16 years ago. She was predeceased by her husband, Howard, in 1996. Surviving are a sister, Lorraine K. Parent of Cliffside Park; and many nieces and nephews. Services were private. Memorial donations may be made to the Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick Division, Jack Martin Boulevard.

HARVEY C. VARIAN, 86, of Brick died Oct. 28 at the Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick division. He worked at Kollsman Instrument Corp., Long Island, N.Y.; was a self-employed jeweler and watchmaker; and managed the jewelry department at Sears-Roebuck, Neptune, retiring in 1973. He served in the US Air Force from 1945 to 1947. He was a member of NAWCC Central Jersey Chapter No. 142 for 20 years; the Music Makers Band for six years; and attended St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Brick. He was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and lived in Asbury Park, and Woodside, N.Y., before moving to Brick in 1959. He was predeceased by a brother, Willard Covey Varian. Surviving are his wife, Yolanda; and many nieces and nephews. Services were held at Colonial Funeral Home, Brick. Interment was in Holmdel Cemetery.

MANUEL JOSEPH RAHTJEN, 83, of Brick died Oct. 29 in Meridian Nursing Home, Brick. He was a mechanical engineer for General Dynamics, Groton, Conn., for five years, retiring in 1989. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion and a past commander of the Metuchen post. He was a communicant of St. Dominic’s Church, Brick. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he lived in Edison and Tampa, Fla., before moving to Brick in 1993. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Rosalie Antonuccio Rahtjen; a son, Peter Manuel Rahtjen of Toms River; a daughter, Barbara Breese of Brick; two sisters, Lola Connell and Gertrude McKenna, both of Connecticut; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Services were held at Herbertsville Colonial Funeral Home, Brick. Interment was in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arnytown.

ELIZABETH A. WILSON SCHEIDEGG, 69, of Brick died Oct. 30 in Community Medical Center, Toms River. She was a homemaker. She loved fishing and making ceramics. She attended college at Tulane University, New Orleans, for three years. Born in New Orleans, she lived in Edison before moving to Brick eight years ago. She was predeceased by a daughter, Annette Ivan in 1997. Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Richard Scheidegg; a daughter, Susanne Homeny of Plumsted; a sister, Jane Burchett of Tucson, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.

PETER L. AIELLO, 87, of Brick died Oct. 31 in Montclair Hospital, Birmingham, Ala. He was a dredger with Local 25, Operating Engineers, for many years before retiring 25 years ago. He was a painter for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad in Weehawkin for 15 years before joining the Operating Engineers Union. He was a member of the Italian American Club, Lakewood, and a member of St. Dominic’s Church, Brick. Born in Bayonne, he lived in Jersey City before moving to Brick in 1959. He was predeceased by his wife, Rose Pellegrino, in 1998. Surviving are two sons, Richard of Pinson, Ala., and Peter of Brick; a daughter, Genevieve Hand of Brick; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

LOUIS DeKANY, 59, of Hudson, Fla., formerly of Brick died Nov. 1 at home. He was a plumber with the Plumbers Union Local 24 of Springfield before retiring four years ago. Born in Kearny, he lived there and in West Milford and Brick, before moving to Hudson four years ago. Surviving are his wife, Bernadette LaFrance DeKany; a son, Louis of New Port Richie, Fla.; a daughter, Rene Walsh of Brick; two brothers, Richard of Hilton Head, S.C., and Donald of Wayne; and five grandchildren. Services were held at Armitage Funeral Home, Wall. Interment was in Atlantic View Cemetery, Manasquan.

EDWARD KRANK, 84, of Brick died Nov. 2 in the Medical Center of Ocean County, Brick. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was active in basketball, baseball and golf throughout his life, and signed contracts with farm clubs of the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers. He later managed rookie teams to league championships. Surviving are his wife, Anne Krank; and a daughter, Marianne Krank, both of Brick. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Visitation Church, Brick. Interment was in Ocean County Memorial Park, Toms River.

RAYMOND B. ROHLFS, 87, of Brick died Nov. 2 in Shorrock Gardens Care Center, Brick. He was a machine operator for General Motors in Harrison for 30 years before retiring in 1967. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1941. Born in Jersey City, he lived in Wood-Ridge before moving to Brick. He was predeceased by his companion, Elsie McLaughlin. Surviving are a niece, Helen Randall of Hasbrouck Heights, and her three children. Interment was private.

From the Managing Editor

Editor encourages community participation

Karl VilacobaKarl Vilacoba

Greetings! I would like to thank you for checking out the Brick Bulletin, and tell you a little about myself and your new paper.

When I was asked to be the managing editor of the Bulletin, I accepted with honor and high hopes that we will become a staple of the Brick community. It won’t be easy, and it won’t be overnight, but I am confident that with your help we can make that happen.

As managing editor, my personal philosophy is that local municipal and school news stories are the backbone of a community paper. But another integral part of this paper will be features about the people, places and events in the community. To that end, I invite you to interact with us and let us know what’s happening in your lives.

Some of you may have ideas that you feel would make a good story. Perhaps you know of an upcoming community event that warrants coverage, or would like to get the word out on an event so others can join you.

Clubs and nonprofit groups are welcome to send news of their upcoming events.

Share those ideas with us. We can be reached by e-mail at bulletin@gmnews.com and by fax at (732) 780-4192. You can also call me with a breaking news tip or feedback on the paper at (732) 358-5200, ext. 8351.

You are welcome to share important social events in your lives with the community, such as engagements, marriages, birth announcements, and milestone wedding anniversaries. Call (732) 358-5200, ext. 8248, to request a form to fill out. We periodically run announcements on dean’s list honors, scholastic achievements, military service, business announcements and other community honors.

The Bulletin also accepts obituary information.

Finally, one of the greatest parts of a newspaper is its letters-to-the-editor section. I encourage you to write to the Bulletin, but we do have ground rules.

In general, letters should be kept to about 250 words, although we sometimes will run longer submissions as guest columns. We ordinarily do not run more than one letter per month by the same writer.

Of course, all of these services are free of charge. We have Monday production deadlines for our Wednesday paper, so if your submissions are time sensitive, please get them to us as early as possible.

Thanks again, and I hope you have enjoyed the first issue of the Bulletin.