David Kanko's Blog Posts

Does Saint Nicholas Have An Evil Accomplice

Did you know in the folklore of countries like Austria, Bavaria, Hungary and many more there is believed to be an evil accomplice to Jolly St. Nick?  The Krampus, a beast-like demon

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Reminder For Live Christmas Tree Safety

We all know and love the beauty and smell of a live Christmas tree in our homes.  However, extra special care is needed to keep those trees looking gorgeous throughout the holidays.  Here

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October Wine Events And Festivals In NJ

  ATTENTIONS WINE LOVERS!!  Here is a great list of events that will be happening in the great state of New Jersey in the month of October!This list is available on the http:/

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Hurricane Prepardness

  The 2017 Hurricane Season is in FULL SWING!  As you can see from the news with Harvey and Irma we are looking at a very active season.  With the threat always there for the NJ

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How Much Of A Mortgage Is Right For You

Here are a few tips on getting you started in the right direction to figuring out how much mortgage is right for you.  The better you prepare financially, the easier you will find homeownership

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STAFFORD TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPT BULLDOG BREW FEST

Come join us for the very first BULLDOG BEER FEST.There will be live music, food trucks, and many breweries showcasing their beers!Price is $30 per person.The event will take place on Saturday

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HOT CARS AND PETS DONT MIX

Summertime is upon us and it is time for a friendly reminder about not leaving your pets in a car on a hot day.Every year we read stories about people breaking into cars to rescue pets from cars

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MANAFIRKIN BREWERY OFFICIALLY UP AND RUNNING

  For those of you who enjoy a fresh locally brewed beer, stop down to the recently opened Manafirkin Brewing Company located at 450 East Bay Ave., Manahawkin, NJ 08050.Upon their

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Tick Season Is Upon Us

The sun is finally shining, tempatures are finally climbing and the doldrums of winter are in the rearview mirror.  With the new warm weather comes a very old pest.  The tick,  

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2017 Hop Sauce Festival LBI

  Come out and celebrate good food from over a dozen local restaurants, sample over 30+ delicious craft beers and enjoy sounds from headlining bands!  Hop Sauce not only is a great

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Stafford Township Fire Company 2017 Irish Pub Beef And Beer

  Its that time of year again!  Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Co. is hosting its annual Irish Pub Beef and Beer!Tickets are almost sold out!When: Friday March 17thTime: 7pm-12pmCost:

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New Jersey Prescribed Burning Has Begun

  Have you noticed the smell of smoke in the air lately.  Well, the State of NJ's Forest Fire service has begun its 2017 prescribed burning.  There is expected to be between 10,000-20

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Five Tips For Choosing A Primary Care Doctor

This is  some VERY helpful advice from Blue Cross Blue Shield on how to determine which primary care Doctor could be right for you!1. Determine Which Doctors Are “In-Network”Most

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Warm Spiced Rum Apple Cider

Looking for that tummy warming adult beverage on these cold winter nights?  Look no further!  Here is a simple drink that can be brewed quickly, but can keep you toasty  all night

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Manafirkin Local Brewery Coming To Manahawkin

  Coming in early February 2017 a local brewing company will be opening their doors here in Manahawkin.    The Manafirkin Brewing company will be located at 450 East Bay Avenue

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NJ Pumpkin Picking

  As soon as we are winding down from our summer, fall kicks in with the changing colors of the leaves, cool brisk mornings and of course...Pumpkin Picking!  Here are some of the best

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September Food Trucks At Laurita Winery

Come out in September  to Lauritas Winery Back to School Food Trucks  and enjoy local wines and a vast array of food.  There will be over 25 food trucks available to sample

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Tis The Season Of Ticks

 There is no  other more dreadful bug than the tick.  Very common in NJ, they are capable of spreading disease such as Lyme's disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  If you

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Blue Apron Vs Hello Fresh

So I decided to give the home meal delivery service of Hello Fresh and Blue Apron a try.  Now if you dont know, YOU are the one doing the cooking, however all the ingredients are sent to you

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Hot Car Safety For Dogs And Pets

If you are a pet lover like I am, you know its never really a good time to leave your pet alone in a car.  However, there may come a time when it may just be  inevitable.  Please

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POWER IN THE PINES AIRSHOW LINE UP 2016

  Ok all you air power loving people out there.  Here is the official line up for the Power in the Pines Airshow to be held at Joint Base McGuire  Dix Lakehurst.  Gates open at 9

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Tis The Season For Food Trucks Beer And BBQ

As the cold winter months give break to warmer air, chirping birds and sprouting flowers, the time for awesome eats and drinks has come upon us.  Here are a few of the events taking place..

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Is An Oil Tank Inspection Necessary

   Fuel oil was very popular for heating homes back in the 1970's.  if your home was built prior to 1975, there is a good chance that oil was once the primary fuel source.  Here

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Solar Panels Can Potentially Kill A Home Sale

  So you finally decided to invest in Solar Energy for your home.  The company offers you a no money up front lease for 20-25 years.  It is a very viable option to save you from 

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AIR SHOW RETURNS TO JOINT BASE MCGUIRE DIX LAKEHURST 2016

  Hope all you aviation enthusiasts are ready for another amazing air show!   The airshow is set to return to Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst on May 14th &15th 2016.  Headlined

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Hottest Christmas Toys Of All Time

Here are the top 10 hottest  Christmas toys of all time.  I have no doubt a few of you will remember them well!10. Mr Potato Head  (1952)  1 Million sold  9. ;

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How To Care For A Live Christmas Tree

We all know and love the beauty and smell of a live Christmas tree in our homes.  However, extra special care is needed to keep those trees looking gorgeous throughout the holidays.  Here

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Grape Adventure Wine And Food Festival

Come on out to Six Flags Great Adventure and enjoy sampling some of the finest wines from New Jersey Wineries.  Over 150 locally produced wines will be on hand for tasting!  you can also

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Time To Pick The Apples

  Its that time of year again for delicious  homemade apple pies, apple cider, apple sauce and everything else APPLE!  Not only can the making of all these foods be fun, but getting

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2015 Atlantic City Airshow

 Its that time of year again Ladies, Gentlemen and children of all ages!  Time to view American air power up close and personnal.  if you havent had the pleasure of hearing and seeing

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20 Most Expensive Zip Codes In The US

Its always good to dream about living in one of the most expensive zip codes in the U.S.  If your one of the people that can afford it, here are some of the zip codes you should be looking at.

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6th Annual Stafford Township Fire Co Hook N Ladder Fishing Tournament

Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company presents... The 6th Annual Hook -n- Ladder Fluke Tournament!!     For the 6th year in a row, The Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Company

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Single Serve Coffee Lovers Paradise

  If you are a big fan of the single serve coffee brewers, then you have got to stop into Arctic Wolf located at 1565 Rt 37 East, Toms River, NJ.  Although hard to see, once you walk in

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Savory Steak In Stafford

  So your looking for a delicious steak in the southern Ocean County area and you dont want to travel far.  Take a drive down East Bay Ave. and stop in to The Old Causeway Steak and Oyster

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Natural Gas Leak Safety Tips

So you think you smell Natural Gas?  Here are a few tips from the New Jersey Natural Gas site that can be helpful and even lifesaving in the case of a  Natural Gas leak.  With so many

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Most Affordable Towns To Live In NJ

  A recent study done by SmartAsset over the past 5 years of towns and cities with populations over 5,000, that took into account closing costs, taxes, insurance and mortgage payments

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Totally Addicting Kahlua Infused Oreo Balls

  Here is a very simple recipe for a scrumptious and totally addicting treat!Ingredients:1 package Oreo creme sandwich cookiesApproximately 1/3 cup KahluaPowdered sugarPowdered cocoa1.  

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Holiday Events In Ocean County

  Looking for something to do other than shopping this holiday season.  Here are a few ideas that are reasonably priced and will put you in the holiday spirit! :

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Winterizing That Summer Home

  Old Man Winter is quickly approaching.  Here are some tips to make sure your summer home is ready for him.1:  Have a checklist.   Everything that you need to do, and everything

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2014 Stafford Township Fall Harvest Wine Festival

  Come out and enjoy many of the finest wines from local wineries.  The annual Stafford Township Fall Harvest Wine Festival returns with wine tasting, live music, entertainment, food and

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View Favorite NJ Surf Spots On Cam

Most anyone that lives by the shore knows that we are coming up on that time of year when Mother Nature produces some of the best surf the East Coast has to offer. Thanks to technology, the days of

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Thunder Over The Boardwalk AC Air Show

  Its that time of year again to come out and show your support and your love of AIR POWER!  The Atlantic City Air Show is back this year on August 13th!  Headlining the show is the

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HOLY HOT PEPPER

 So you say you want to kick up that Chili or favorite spicy dish a notch!  According to the Scoville Scale, a scale which measures the amount of capsaicinoids (Capsaicin is the

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Stafford Township Historical Society 2014 Summer Concert Series

  Looking for some free live entertainment to add to your summer nights!  Come on down to the Manahawkin Lake Park in Stafford Township and enjoy live performances of music ranging

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Best Burgers In Barnegat

  Looking for a place to grab a great burger in Barnegat, NJ?  Look no further and stop by the Shore Fire Grille located at 34 South Main Street, Barnegat Township, NJ.   Chef/Owner

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2014 Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst Open House And Air Show

  Its Back!  One of the greatest air shows around.  Come visit  Joint Base NJ to see Americas awesome air power.  Visit the following site for updates on performanceswww

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2014 Hook N Ladder Fluke Fishing Tournament

  Come join us for a weekend of fluke fishing, food, beverages and entertainment.  The annual Hook N Ladder Fluke Fishing Tournament sponsored by the Stafford Township Volunteer Fire

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LBI HOP SAUCE FOR BEER AND SPICE ENTHUSIASTS

  Join us for the first time at the Taylor Avenue Waterfront in Beach Haven, NJ for HOP SAUCE!  This event is for all ages and will pair some of the best local fare with hot sauces from

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HOP SAUCE FOR BEER AND SPICE ENTHUSIASTS

  Join us for the first time at the Taylor Avenue Waterfront in Beach Haven, NJ for HOP SAUCE!  This event is for all ages and will pair some of the best local fare with hot sauces from

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Would You Like A Glass Of Wine With That

  If you enjoy a great glass of wine, either by itself or paired with your favorite dish you should definitely stop by Laurita Winery located at 35 ArcherTown Road in New Egypt, NJ.   The

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Congress Approves Bill To Curb Flood Rate Hikes

  The House of Representatives have passed The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act with a vote of 306-91.  The bill will now proceed to the Senate for consideration.  The bill

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ROSEMARY INFUSED OLIVE OIL POPCORN FAVORITE FIREHOUSE SNACK

  Here is a favorite firehouse snack that is healthy and relatively easy to prepare.What you will need:1. 2 cups olive oil2. 3-4 sprigs of fresh rosemary3. Your favorite popcorn kernels.  

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Great Apps For Home Buyers

  Ever wonder which apps would work best for your search for the perfect home?  Here are a few that have loads of information!Realtor.com -  Very easy search feature with clear photos

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CHRISTMAS TREE SAFETY TIPS

  Every year, fire departments around the country respond to house fires caused by improper care of Christmas trees.  Here are a few pointers to make sure you have a very merry and

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Stafford PBA 297 Striped Bass Tournament

  Come out and support the Stafford Township Police Dept's PBA Local 297 with their annual Bass Fishing Tournament.  The tournament will be held Nov. 15-17.Cash prizes, a banquet, beer and

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October Is Fire Prevention Month

  The month of October is Fire Prevention Month so what better time is there to go over some fire safety tips.1.  SMOKE DETECTORS:  They save lives!  There should be a smoke

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Seaside Boardwalk Down But Not Out

  Having responded to Seaside after Superstorm Sandy as a firefighter,  I had my doubts about how the Seaside Boardwalk was ever going to come back.   She was down, but not out. 

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Delicious Autumn Squash Soup

1 medium butternut squash 1 large yellow onion

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STAFFORD FD ANNUAL HOOK AND LADDER FLUKE TOURNAMENT

Join us for the Annual Fishing Tournament benefiting STAFFORD TWP. VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. followed by  HOOK-N-HOG BBQ. Captains Meeting 8/16 @ 7 at the Dutchman's. Tournament 8/17 from 6 a.m. - 2

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Fireworks Fun For The July 4th Week

  Here are a few of the areas to catch some awesome fireworks this weekBricktown:  July 4th at 9pm  located at Winward BeachLakewood: July 2nd and July 3rd at First Energy Park home

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Barnegat Firefighters Honored For Saving One Of Their Own

  On the night of March 18, 2013 the Barnegat Township Volunteer Fire Dept. responded to what they thought would be a routine call.  While working at the scene, fellow firefighters noticed

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Island Gala And Casino Night

  Come help support David's Dream and Believe Island Gala & Casino Night To Benefit:David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation a 501 (c)(3)“Saving Lives by Fighting Cancer

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Tips for a Successful Garage Sale

  Here are a few tips to make sure your next garage sale is as fun and profitable as it can be! 1.  Permit.  Most towns require a permit to hold a garage sale.  It is usually a

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100 JELLO shots to liven up your summer

  This was a list of JELLO Shots shared on Facebook by Nom Nom Palace!  It is amazing the things we can do with  JELLO!  ENJOY! https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6

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Best Pizza Pie in Stafford

  There is no other food I take such great pleasure in eating than a fantastic  pizza!  I have tried a slice of pie from pretty much every pizza place in the Stafford and Barnegat.

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Hearty Creamy Mushroom Beef Barley Soup

  Looking for something that is easy to prepare, delicious and can warm your insides right to the very core?  Here is my recipe for a very Hearty Creamy Mushroom Beef Barley soup.

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Quotes That Fit The Times

  Here are just a few quotes from great men in history that apply to the times we are in now.  "America will never be destroyed from the outside.  If we faulter and lose our

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2012 General Tax Rate for Ocean County

  Here is the 2012 general tax rates for towns in Ocean County.  These figures are based per $100 of assesed value: BARNEGAT              $2.374

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Busiest Year for Barnegat and Stafford Fire Departments

  It was a record year for 2 of Ocean Counties fire companies. The Barnegat Fire Department ran 572 calls in the year 2012, while the Stafford Township Fire Department ran 866.     A

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Most Expensive Zip Codes in the US

  So you want to know where to move when you hit the Mega Millions and you say you don"t want to leave the continental United States.  Well here is a list of the top 10 most expensive zip

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Weighing in on Firefighters Gear

  So you think the laptop you carry to work everyday is heavy?  Or the books, pens and pencils?  Consider what a firefighter wears during his daily tour of duty, and that laptop may

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Fiscal Cliff Averted So They Say

   So they say we have averted the so called Fiscal Cliff.  Well, anyone paying into social security will notice a pretty substantial decrease in thier pay this year.  My wife

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Barnegat Fire Depts New Ladder Gets First Call

  The Barnegat Fire Department Station 11 of Barnegat, NJ had the honor of rolling out it's brand new 105' Ladder to its first call.  The call came in on December 13 for a rescue.

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Joe Piscopo First Responder Relief Fundraiser

  Please join us for a night of Comedy and Dancing with the famous Joe Piscopo.  This fundraiser is to benefit the Stafford Township and Beach Haven Volunteer Fire Companies.   A

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Coming Together in Times of Tragedy

  As a member of the Stafford Township Fire Company, it was an honor for me to work with the men and women of that department through one of my toughest duties in 25 years as a firefighter.

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The Dalmatian and the Fire Service

  In honor of Fire Prevention week Oct .7th-13th I figured it would be very fitting to give everyone a little bit of history on one of the fire services greatest mascots!   How did

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Grilling the Perfect Burger

Here are a few tips on grilling the perfect burger.  1. Keep the meat cold  Make the patties a few hours prior to cooking.  Put back in the fridge.  This will keep them nice

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Thunder Over The Boardwalk AC Airshow

   AUGUST 17, 2012...Mark your calendar.   Attracting an estimated 800,000 people in 2011, the Atlantic City Airshow Thunder Over The Boardwalk, is one of the most popular events in

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Nicoles Home Made Manicotti

  Passed down from my wife's grandmother,  here is a little italian dish that although has a light and fluffy pasta, can fullfill the biggest appetite.    Combine the following

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Tis The Season For Thunderstorms

   For those of you who live in New Jersey, the summertime brings everything from tourists, extreme heat, bugs, black and brown outs, and the greatest increase in Thunderstorms.  

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Chrystal Clear Pool Water with Household Chemicals

  Tired of paying top prices for all those chemicals to keep your pool water clean.  Did you know most of the chemicals sold at pool supply places are readily available at your local

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Its Raining on LBI Now What

  Most of us, when we plan for our vacations to sunny destinations tend to forget about the possibility that we may have to find alternatives to the beach on rainy days.  Have no fear!;

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Revel in Atlantic Citys Newest Casino

  It's official.  The latest addition to the Atlantic City boardwalk is open for business.  The Revel Hotel and Casino opened to patrons on April 2.  It is the first new casino

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Air Show Returning to Joint Base

    It has been a long 4 years.  4 years since the public has been allowed to enter Mcguire Air Force Base to enjoy America's premier air power.  Well IT'S BACK!  May-

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Home previewing made easier

  Searching for that perfect home is a fun, exciting and time consuming  journey.   At the end of a long day of previewing home after home, it can be overwhelming too.  Here are

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SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES

Prescribed Burning Several times during late winter and early spring, the skies over New Jersey fill with smoke. While this often causes concern for our residents, it is common for them to be

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Determining How Much Mortgage You Can Afford

 Here are a few tips on getting you started in the right direction to figuring out how much mortgage is right for you.  The better you prepare financially, the easier you will find

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Fresh Cut Christmas Tree Care

How to Care for Your Farm-Grown Fresh Christmas Tree When a Christmas tree is cut, over half of its weight is water. With proper care, you can maintain the quality of your displayed trees. Below

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Please Thank a Veteran

 November 11th is Veteran's Day. Last year on Veteran's Day my wife, daughter and I went to IHOP in Manahawkin for breakfast. As we were sitting there I noticed an older couple, probably in

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Stafford Fire Department Open House

  Please come out and join us at the Stafford Township Volunteer Fire Departments Open House on Friday October 14th from 6 - 9:30.  The open house will take place at the Main Station

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Fire Prevention Week is Here

  The week of Oct. 9th through the 15th is National Fire Prevention week.  Please take the time to think about your fire safety and how to prepare your family in case of an emergency.;

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A Horrific Good Time

Do you like Halloween? Do you enjoy a good scare? Is your idea of a good time walking the halls of a Haunted School? Then come join us at the H and M Potter School in Bayville for a scary good!

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Stafford Fire Company Halloween Bash

Dust off those old Halloween costumes or try your hand at customizing a new one and come out to support your local fire department with a night of Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins! The Stafford

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Atlantic City Air Show Schedule

As promised, here is the updated Flight and Entertainment Schedule for the 2011 Atlantic City Thunder Over the Boardwalk Air Show. Don't miss out at seeing American Air Power at its finest. If

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Thunder Over the Boardwalk Atlantic City Airshow

I know it's early, but I wanted to get the word out so you can make plans to attend this spectacular event. An experience that can be enjoyed by everyone. The Atlantic City Airshow "Thunder Over

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My Little Slice of Heaven on LBI

If you have ever been lucky enough to visit The Seashell Resort and Beach Club located at 10 S. Atlantic Ave., in Beach Haven you will understand why I call this my little slice of heaven.

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Barnegat Classic Car Poker Run and BBQ

Come support the Barnegat Rotary Club and enjoy a day of sun, water, classic cars and BBQ at the Barnegat Municipal Dock. The festivities will be on June 4, 2011 starting with a poker run from 10-1

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