Letters and Commentary

September 28, 2012
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Kryrillos Will Work Hard for Future of NJ

To the Editor:

Over the past couple of years our economy has been in shambles and millions of citizens are suffering without hope to find jobs. Some­thing needs to be done to assure the people of New Jersey that our government will not fail us anymore in the future.

I am writing this letter as a current student at Montclair State University who is concerned with being able to find a job after graduating this December.

After years of hard work throughout my college career, I see friends graduating and going months or years without being able find a job. All this money being invested into a good education seems to be almost irrelevant, because our government stands back while our economic problem gets worse. With important elections coming up in November it is imperative that they yield positive results for our local citizens.

Joe Kyrillos is currently serving the N.J. State Senate, representing the 13th legislative district. He is running in November for U.S. Senate. Kyrillos has worked for many years to limit the spending of our government and to always keep taxes low. Overspending by our government was a huge factor in the collapse of our economy. Kyrillos wants to fight to introduce an amendment to balance our national budget. In order to create jobs and positively affect our economy, we must work toward decreasing debt.

I have always been taught to never spend more than you make (if only our government was taught the same thing).  On Nov. 6, we will not only be electing our new president, but also our U.S. senator.

Joe Kyrillos will work hard toward the goal of ensuring a secure and promising career for the future of New Jersey and our country.

Bill Meyer


Holmdel Residents Will Miss Committeeman Larry Fink

To the Editor:

I am sad that Holmdel Township Committee­man Larry Fink will not be seeking re-election next year. I applaud Larry’s unwavering dedication to Holmdel for the past 12 years.

Larry, as the only Democrat, has often been a lone voice on the Republican-controlled committee. He was instrumental in halting the majority’s recent proposal to sell preserved land at Cross Farms. Over the years, he has pushed to trim our municipal budget in a responsible way. Although many of his ideas were not heeded by the Republicans, some were adopted. Had they not been, our recent 10 percent municipal tax hike would have been much higher.

I am concerned that Larry’s imminent departure from the committee can potentially give us a one-party governing body. We will lose the different viewpoints from both parties that force discussion and strengthen our government. That is why I am giving my vote to Democrats Larry Luttrell and Mark Levinson for Holmdel Township Committee. They have legal and business experience that will be beneficial to our town. More important, they will bring the checks and balances that government always needs. Both Larry Luttrell and Mark Levinson have large shoes to fill but I am confident they can do it.

Margaret Cluskey


Old RB Eateries to be Featured on Calendar to Benefit Local Food Pantries

To the Editor:

Loved the photograph that you used recently from the Dorn’s Classic Images of kids swimming on Broad Street, in front of the former Steinbach clothing store.

This priceless image was the cover shot on the annual Prown’s Remembers Olde Tyme Red Bank 2012 calendar. Last year’s theme was storms and we made a healthy donation to Red Bank’s Office of Emergency Management with the proceeds. That calendar sold out in 19 days!

Met with the good folks at Dorn’s the other day and selected 14 timeless photographs for this year’s calendar theme Olde Tyme Red Bank Eateries. Proceeds this year will be split among the local food pantries.

Calendars will be available at Prown’s Home Improvements in/around Nov. 15 for $12, including tax. You will also be able to order on line and have mailed to you for a slightly higher price at prowns.com.

If you’d like to be put on the list for the 2013 calendar, email Prown’s at david@prowns.com or call us at 732-741-7500.

Thanks Two River Times™ for running these special photographs every week.

David Prown
Red Bank


Please Attend Zumbathon to Honor Late BCC Employee

To the Editor:

In honor of our deceased Brookdale colleague, Roger P. Conant, we would like to invite the community to join the fun at a Zumba Fitness® event on Saturday, Oct. 13. Led by the Jersey Shore’s finest Zumba® instructors, Latin-inspired dance, fitness classes and fun fitness-related activities will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Brookdale Recreation and Events Center (BREC). Monies raised will support a scholarship in Roger’s memory.

Roger was a gifted television production professional who also volunteered for The New Jersey Chapter of The Best Day Foundation, which teaches special needs children surfing and snowboarding. His passion for surfing, the environment and Zumba® were his trademark. Because of this, kids 12 and under are free to participate in the Zumbathon. Brookdale student tickets are $10 and adults are $20, all towards the scholarship.

Roger’s humanity spanned the globe as he also founded a nonprofit organization, Pure Vida Project, which developed a surfing school in Costa Rica for underprivileged children.

Please join us in supporting this fun fitness day and bring all the kids; try Zumba! Participate in classes, enjoy performances by the Brookdale Dance Club, face painting, a Haunted Theatre demo, win door prizes and check out the many vendors supporting the event.

Scholarship applications will be available for students who are continuing their studies in the fields Roger loved: media studies, communications media, environmental and earth science disciplines.

For tickets and information, visit brook dalecc.edu/rconantmemorial.

Kelli Sanders, Coordinator,
Brookdale Community College,


Help a Young Mother by Registering Oct. 7 as a Stem Cell Donor

To the Editor:

Smiles4Shira was created by friends who want to keep Shira Klein smiling by helping her to find the stem cell donation she needs. A donor drive has been scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dance Attitudes in Marlboro.

Shira Klein, a young mother of three, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma on New Year’s Eve 2010 while on a family vacation, just a few weeks before the first birthday of her youngest child. Shira endured months of intense chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant using her own stem cells. A short remission was followed by a relapse. For the last several months, Shira has been taking a new chemotherapy with the hopes that she will get back into remission and undergo a second stem cell transplant. This time, the transplant requires a donor.

You can become registered as a donor by attending a drive and providing a cheek swab sample. Or, you can mail away for a kit to be sent directly to your home. Your donation can save a life!

Shira’s best chance at a match lies with people of similar ancestry and ethnic background (she has a Jewish, Eastern European lineage). In principle, any generally healthy person between the ages of 18 and 55, who weighs at least 110 pounds and does not exceed a maximum body mass index (BMI) of 40, can register as a donor. Certain health prerequisites must be met. These restrictions are intended to protect the well-being of both the donor and the patient. Screeners will be on site at the donor drive on Oct. 7.

If you are found to be a match, there are two ways to donate. The most common is a Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) Donation, cells are collected via the bloodstream. On the day of collection the donor’s blood is removed from one arm and passed through a machine that separates out the blood stem cells. The remaining blood is returned to the donor through the other arm.

You can come out to get your cheek swabbed and register to be a donor on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. at Dance Attitudes, 6 Timber Lane, Marlboro.

To learn more about Smiles4Shira, please visit www.facebook.com/Smiles4Shira

Cheri Golub


Two River Moment

Most area residents would probably be hard-pressed to figure out where this photograph was taken. It’s the intersection of Church Street and Prospect Avenue in Little Silver in 1950. This photograph is courtesy of Dorn’s Classic Images.

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