Cottrell bill to provide funding for kids program

Cottrell bill to provide
funding for kids program

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Melvin Cottrell that would provide a $45,000 grant to the Children’s Tournament of Champions was released from the Assembly Senior Issues and Community Services Committee.

According to a press release, the Children’s Tournament of Champions provides meaningful athletic competition for learning disabled and physically challenged children between the ages of 3 and 21. Sports such as swimming, bowling, basketball, soccer, and track and field are offered.

"The funding provided through this legislation will help with the expense of running such a worthy program, and I am proud to sponsor this bill," said Cottrell.

The measure, A-3354, now heads to the full Assembly for consideration.

Builder begins addressing Tall Timbers homeowners’ concerns

JACKSON — Homeowners living in the Tall Timbers development off Hyson Road, a community of 74 single-family homes, are finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Residents had been attempting, unsuccessfully, to have Benjamin Kirsch, who built their homes, address concerns including a faulty water drainage system, grading problems, the absence of shade trees that were promised and other complaints.

Many residents also have their own individual concerns of incompleted or faulty work; concerns such as the 5-foot-tall berm that lined 200 feet of Steve Palazzolla’s property on Applewood Court, or Andy Hreha’s basement on Meadowood Road, which had water in places where it never belonged since the year the house was built — 1997.

This week Michael Kelly, president of the Tall Timbers homeowners association, told the Tri-Town News that Kirsch has finally begun addressing at least the issues covered by a performance bond being held by the township.

Kelly said the amount of that performance bond is close to $500,000. He explained that Kirsch was told by township attorney Kevin Starkey that he had until April 1, 2001, to complete the work he was obligated to do or municipal officials would have to draw down on his bond, using those funds to complete whatever work had been left undone.

Starkey said he sent a letter to the bonding company, Frontier Insurance of Rock Hill, N.Y., informing the firm of the town’s intention to draw down the bond if necessary. Now, said Starkey, Kirsch is finally addressing the issues covered under the performance bond and "things seem to be improving."

"As long as the builder is working toward completing the work and satisfying the claims the residents have made, there is no need to draw down on the bond," the attorney said. "We will not, however, give up our rights to draw on that bond and will hold it until the work has been completed."

Kelly said the berm has finally been removed from Palazzolla’s property line and said the trees were pushed back to where they were supposed to be.

The detention basin has finally been given a low-flow channel, which is something Kelly said he requested. He ex-plained that this channel creates a gully in the basin allowing the water to take the full width of the basin. Before, the basin was using less than half its capacity which had seriously impeded its ability to provide proper drainage for the homes.

Kelly said the builder is "making progress and seems to be doing a good job." There are still a number of concerns which need to be addressed, according to Kelly, issues that don’t fall under the bond’s contractual obligations such as grading difficulties.

— Clare M. Masi

Community Bulletin Board

• A prayer walk will take place on July 5 beginning at 5 p.m. in Lakewood, followed by prayer with praise-worship taking place at 7 p.m. in Lakewood Town Square, Third Street and Clifton Avenue. Everyone is welcome to join in. Details: Sandra, (732) 730-0444.

• A patriotic picnic will be held on July 6 beginning at noon at the Jackson Senior Citizens Community Center, 45 Don Connor Boulevard. A red, white and blue parade will start the day. Tickets are $4 per person and are available at the center. Also, volunteer hamburger flippers are needed. To volunteer, call (732) 928-2313 or (732) 928-1200.

• Giant yard sale will be held on July 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 88 Frank Apple-gate Road, Jackson, sponsored by the Canaan Christian Church, Jackson. All types of items will be available. For directions call (732) 928-0050.

• A blood drive will take place at St. Aloysius Church, 935 Bennetts Mills Road, Jackson, in the gymnasium, on July 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. To make an appointment, call (732) 364-4022.

• Women of Destiny will present speaker Gwen Mouliert of Proclaiming His Word Ministries, Pomona, on July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Lakewood Community Center, 20 Fourth St. Details: Sandra Gonzalez, (732) 730-0444 or (732) 367-0040.

• Books Over 100 years old is the title of a special exhibit of books currently on display in the main gallery of the Adelphia Art Center complex, through July 15. The rare books on display are for sale with proceeds supporting the children’s art programs at the center, which is on Route 524, Howell. Details: Bruce Fallender, (732) 462-7675.

• Offshore powerboat parade will take place on July 18 at 6 p.m. starting at the Elks Club on Arnold Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach. After the parade, boats will be displayed until July 19, followed by the Offshore Powerboat Race to take place on July 20.

• Harry O’Claire Chapter No. 637 of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its July meeting on July 19 at 1 p.m. in the Lakewood Library, Lexington Avenue. Guest speaker will be James Mancini, director, Ocean County Board of Free-holders. All federal employees, retirees, their spouses and guests are welcome. Details: (732) 408-0089 or (732) 240-5084.

• Caregivers support group will meet the second Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bella Terra, 2 Kathleen Drive, Jackson. Space is limited so call Lori Knowles at (732) 730-9500 for reservations.

• Green Thumb Garden Club of Jackson will meet the third Tuesday of every month, at 7 p.m. at Whitesville Fire Company, 81 S. Hope Chapel Road. Details: (732) 364-0795.

• Lakewood MOMS Club will meet the third Tuesday of every month in the conference room of the Lakewood branch of the Ocean County Library. Seventh Street. Children are welcome. Details: (732) 942-8185.

• Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon meet every Thursday, 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River, 1070 Hooper Avenue. Details: 1-877-994-2465.

• Community prayer meeting will take place every Thursday, 7-8 p.m., at the Lakewood Community Center, 20 Fourth Street. All those interested can come together and pray for neighbors, schools, youth and Lakewood. For more information call Sandra at (732) 730-0444.

• The Central Jersey Italian-American Club, Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Jackson, holds Friday Night Dinners every Friday from 7-9 p.m. for the cost of $8 per person. All are invited. Details: (732) 370-9820.

• Country Western Dancing at Indian Rock Resort, 920 West Veterans Highway, Jackson, will take place every Friday, 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission: $7. Smoke-free. Beginners night is the first Friday of every month. Details: (732) 928-0034.

Howell theater company seeks directors

Proteus Productions, Howell, is seeking directors for its upcoming season. Directors will be responsible for casting and staging the entire production. Some compensation is involved. Interviews will be conducted at The Theatre, 6545 Route 9, Howell.

Résumés should be sent to Proteus Productions, 6545 Route 9, Howell 07731. For more information, call Andy Oosthuizen, artistic director, at (732) 730-8505.

Period clothing needed for theater production

JACKSON — In an effort to authenticate its summer production, the Jackson Council for the Arts is seeking donations of all sizes of period clothing such as dresses, coats, hats, shoes, etc. for the actors of Singin’ and Swingin’ at the Cassville Canteen, to be held July 27-28 at Jackson Memorial High School’s Fine Arts Center.

Military uniforms are also needed. There will be a pre-show display dedicated to America and Americans in the 1940s and 1950s. Black and white photographs of the era are also sought.

If anyone can help this effort to bring back the spirit of the World War II era, call Stephanie Markerson at (732) 363-8758. A portion of the profits from this production are being donated to the New Jersey Korean War Memorial in Atlantic City.

Donations of nonperishable food items will be collected at the shows.

Needed items include cereal, canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, tuna and condiments. Also, personal care items such as toothpaste, paper products and soap are welcome.