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Grant vest Financial Group By Pam Teel
As financial professionals and fiduciaries, the Wealth Management Team at Grantvest Financial Group are committed to helping people create solutions in all aspects of their lives, from financial planning to investment management. Lo- cated in Matawan, NJ, Grantvest Financial Group was founded by Anthony Caputo, a Millstone Township resident, and co-owner Gregory Guenther, of Wall, NJ. Through their professional knowledge, personal integrity, and personalized services, the goal of Anthony and his team is to become your most trusted advisory group; with services that include, retirement planning, insurance planning strategies, investment, college planning resources, Social Security analysis, pension calculations, budgeting, and cash flow strategies. Anthony was born and raised in Staten Island. Anthony lost his dad to cancer at just 48 years old. Anthony was nine- teen and in college at the time. His dad was uninsured, leaving his mother with two sons and a mortgage to pay off, and no IRA / 401K / or retirement plan. His mother, who worked as a special education para at Anthony’s high school, could not fully support her family on her salary.
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Anthony’s life changed in the blink of an eye. His father’s dying wish was for him to finish college. In order for Anthony to stay in school, he had to find a part time job so he could help with college expenses. When his friends were out having fun, Anthony was busy working to help pay for his schooling or studying finance. What weighed on Anthony’s mind more than anything was how his mother would turn to him and ask him for financial guidance and advice. At nineteen, what did he know? He felt helpless. He learned the hard way what it means to not have a financial plan set in place. He set out with a goal of trying to learn and understand everything he could about finance, so he could be better prepared in the future when he had his own family. With a lot of hard work, Anthony graduated with a B.A. degree fromHofstra University. He had helped to fulfill his father’s last wishes, and he was ready to start his new career. Because of his past experience, the passion that he had to help others be prepared for life’s lessons always stayed with Anthony. But he had to put that thought on hold for a while. It was about the same time that 9/11 happened, and during that period, it was tough finding a job in finance. During his finance hiatus, Anthony worked on the television show The Bachelor, for season five. He was the associate producer on the New York based season featuring then Bachelor, Charlie O'Connell. Anthony got back into finance in 2005 and began his career in the financial services industry as a Wealth Advisor for the Premiere Banking and Invest- ments division of Bank of America Investments/Merrill Lynch. In 2009, he and partner, Greg Guenther, started their own independent Planning Practice to better serve the needs of his clients. With six professional licenses/designations, Anthony is able to offer personalized investment strategies aimed at servicing, managing, and preserving the wealth of you and your family. Later on, because of Anthony’s business acumen, he was approached by two longtime friends about becoming a strategic partner in a manufacturing start-up. Anthony would help this company launch from prototype making in the garage, to the big stage of ABC’s hit show, Shark Tank, in less than 3 years. Anthony and then partners would be featured on Season 5 where they would strike a deal with their favorite Shark, Lori Greiner. their product, The Paint Brush Cover, can still be found in Home Depot’s Nationwide, amongst many other hardware stores throughout the U.S. They were a big success selling millions of Paint Brush Covers in just a few short years. In 2016, Anthony sold out of his part of the manufacturing business to continue building his Financial Planning practice. Anthony has always had a passion to help others and to be a mentor, both inside and outside of work. He and his wife Julia have been blessed with four children. Anthony is a man of values and tradition, and always makes time for his family. He is a coach for the Millstone Little League, co-head coach for the towns’ 10u tackle football team, along with his brother in law and fellow Millstoner, James Cortopassi. Anthony also sits on the Board of both leagues in town. Anthony was always involved in sports growing up, with his dad right by his side coaching him and teaching him not just how to play the sport, but how to be a team player. He also taught him how to work hard for what you want, and how to strive to be a leader. Looking back, Anthony realized that all the coaching from his dad was not just about how to play the game, but rather how to get by in life. Anthony’s goals, as coach of his children’s sports teams, is to instill in tomorrow’s leaders all the valuable lessons he carries with him today. By working closely with you, Anthony’s team, which consists of co-owner Gregory Guenther, Leo Wong, and Joseph Cammayo, get to know and under- stand your wants and needs and help you identify the personal finance strategies that may improve your lifestyle, both present, and in the future. The team consists of four fiduciary Financial Planners/ in-house institutional bond traders/ 3 operations staff, and one in-house compliance officer-An- thony’s younger brother, Michael. With trust and integrity, and decades of experience in the financial service industry, the team is there to help you to reach your goals. For more information go to: www. Grantvest.com Contact Toll-Free: (877) 651-8949 / Office: 732-970-6661| 106 Main Street, Suite D& E | Matawan, NJ 07747
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Allentown High School Redbird Marching Band Ends Season with National Championship Win By Pam Teel
The Allentown High School Redbird Marching Band has bounced back in a big way after the COVID shutdown last year and ended their amazing season with a first-place finish at US Band’s IIA National Championships in Allentown, PA. The band earned many impressive awards before heading out to the Nationals on November 6th, including first place trophies at a number of New Jersey competitions in South Brunswick, Jackson, Robbinsville, Matawan, and Brick Township. The band was coming off second place finishes at the Yama- ha Cup at MetLife Stadium and the New Jersey State Cham- pionships in Union. “The students in this band are the hard- est working students Allentown High School has to offer,” stated Ross Hecht,” Allentown High School’s Bands Director. “From the long hot days of August to the cold late nights of November, this band pushed themselves to be the best. I am so proud of their accomplishments and could not be happier with the results. This was a team effort and we could not
have done it without the amazing students, staff, parents, and school district that support us. When all the pieces come together, amazing things happen.” Mr. Hecht went on stating that the band has a large team of talented and dedicated staff members working with the students to help them achieve success, that includes, David Geltch (Assistant Director), Jordan Fisch (Visual Caption Head and Visual Designer), Christa Benoit (Color Guard Director), John Forte (Percussion Caption Head), Stephanie Nelson (Front Ensemble Director and Arranger), Butch Anderson (Percussion Instructor), Brendan Korey (Music Instructor), and Renae Borgstrom (Weapons Instructor and Choreographer). “In addition, the band could not have done this without the support of our school district and school administration: Mark Guterl (Superintendent of Schools), Patrick Leary (Assistant Superintendent), Constance DeNicola Embley (Principal), Lynn Folino (Vice Principal), Brandon Crosby (Vice Princi- pal), and a very supportive Board of Education,” he added. “This year the Allentown High School Redbird Marching Band showed, on a national stage, what they are made of. They are the hardest working team at our school and their hard work paid off with the recognition they deserve. The band's show was exceptional, innovative and so enjoyable to watch,” stated Ms. Embley. “As the Principal, I could not be prouder of the band. None of this would be possible without the dedication to excellence and commitment to our students by our band director, Mr. Hecht. His leadership and musical talent make the band program what it is. I thank Mr. Hecht and his band staff for their contribution to our school.” Mr. Guterl, superintendent, added, “There is no harder working group of kids and coaches around. All hard work pays off and their season was a prime example of that. The students and coaches deserve every accolade they have received! The marching band must completely run their own performance during competitions, a fact the public may not realize. All coaches and directors must leave the field and students are completely in charge of their show. Mr. Hecht also credits their success to amazing students and student leadership, includ- ing Michelle Sabbatini (Senior Drum Major) who is responsible for leading the students through each performance. “Marching band is one of the most special activities that you can do in high school. It gives you family, life lessons, and friendships that will last forever,” said Ms. Sabbatini. “This season gave us ups and downs as a band, and it could not have ended more perfectly. Seeing my friends and peers work the extra inch to get the smallest details, push the limit, and see it all pay off was something that I am so lucky to experience. I am so proud of them all.” The band also enjoys much support from hardworking band parents. From their spirited reputation at performances to the help and assistance they give throughout the season, Mr. Hecht believes their commitment to students is unmatched by any other band parent organization and Pete Alessi (Red Bird Band Parent Association President) agrees. "There are so many people who deserve praise for making this band season a huge success. I am honored to participate and be a part of this momentous achievement,” said Alessi. “I have to give a special shout-out to all the band parents who volunteered to help out this band season. Blood, sweat, and tears have their rewards! So proud of all the students for the great effort that they put into this band season. Con- gratulations to all!” Congratulations Allentown Redbirds for all of your hard work and dedication!!!! For more information about the Redbird Marching Band or media in- quiries, contact email@example.com
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I Remember Dad: Remembering With Endearing Fondness, A Simple Act of Kindness By Richar Mabey Jr. At 68, I am developing a greater appreciation for the people who touched my life, if even for a very short time, and then they were to exit my life, never to be seen again.
In the Winter of 1953, I was but a few months old, having been born in early September of that year. My dad and his brother, Edward, had started their own trucking company. Mabey Brothers Trucking had a terminal in Paterson. Regretfully, in Dad’s latter years, I never drove him to see his old terminal, to reminisce about his years as a young man, in business for himself. Something that now haunts me. In 1953, we lived on Hazel Street in Clifton. Every Saturday, we would visit the old Mabey Home- stead in Lincoln Park. There would be an afternoon feast of sorts. Mom once told me that aside from Great Grandma Mabey’s long dining room table, my great uncles would set up two more long folding tables to accommodate everyone. Mom told me that Great Grandma Mabey mostly served turkey, every Saturday, to feed the hungry congregation of the large, Mabey clan. Mom often told me about how special Christmas Day was at the old Mabey Homestead. She told me that Christmas Day would see well over 50 relatives congregating at the old farmhouse that stood atop Mabey Lane. And there was something very, very special about Christmas Day at the old Mabey Homestead.
A rare photograph from the Christmas of 1953, with Mom, Dad, the dear old Santa’s helper and yours truly as a little baby.
Naturally, the real Santa Claus was at the North Pole resting on Christmas Day, from delivering all the toys and games to all the boys and girls all over the globe. But, on Christmas Day, Santa had helpers to carry on his mission of bringing abundant joy to children. And, one of Santa’s best helpers lived in the neighborhood of the old Mabey Homestead. This dear, kind, elderly gentleman would walk around the area of Route 202 from Mabey Lane to Clover Lane. He wore Santa’s outfit, as all of Santa’s helpers did. From my very first Christmas, in 1953, till the time I was about eight or nine years, this wonderfully kind man would come to the old Mabey Homestead, with a pillow case over his shoulder, bringing a little gift for myself and all of my cousins. I remember as a little boy, Great Grandma Mabey would invite this kind gentleman to stay for the big Christmas feast, but he would always say that he had to deliver toys and games to the other children in the neighborhood. The Christmas of 2018 was to be my Mom’s last Christmas Day upon this earth. And I remember that it was a day or two before Christmas, and Mom and I were talking about the kind gentleman who worked as Santa’s helper. Mom told me that she couldn’t remember his name and it was all kind of mysterious how he would come to the house and bring a little gift to myself and my cousins. While we were talking, at our dining room table in our home in Florida, Mom said she never really knew whatever happened to the dear, old gentleman. But he stopped his Christmas visits when I was about eight or nine years old. There are people who come into our lives, if even for brief moments, and they bring a most memorable joy to our hearts. It is almost as though the good Lord had paved the road for them to come into our lives. Most of the time, they have a very specific mission, a very unique purpose as to how they will touch the fibers and chambers of our hearts. I will never know who this mysterious man was, who would visit the old Mabey Homestead on Christmas Day. My Great Grandma Mabey knew who he was and trusted him to come into her home and be a part of Christmas Day with the Mabey family. After my Great Grandma Mabey went Home to be with the Lord, in 1959, Mom and Dad bought the old Mabey Homestead from Grandpa’s three sisters. And the tradition was passed onto my parents, to welcome this gentleman into our home on Christmas Day. Now at 68, I wish there was a way to thank this generous, kind, elderly gentleman who brought joy and splendor to the Mabey family, throughout the 1950’s. In the greater picture of things, I know that the good Lord had inspired this man to think of others, with a most generous heart, on Christmas Day. And, now that I am becoming an elderly man myself, in prayer I thank the good Lord for the mysterious man, who unselfishly brought joy to the hearts of the entire Mabey clan, all them years ago. Richard Mabey Jr. is a freelance writer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write in the subject line: “Christmas Story.”
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“A Very TAVI Christmas” TAVI Events Usher in Holiday Season The Allentown Village Initiative is welcoming the 2021 holiday season in a big way with four community-wide programs that are sure to get you in the spirit. Full details and registration info is at www.allentownvinj.org . Here’s how you can celebrate right here in Allentown: First, registration is now open for TAVI’s Holiday Wreath Decorating Contest. If you enjoy creating your own personalized holiday wreath, then register to display your creation at one of Allentown’s Main Street businesses. Wreaths can be hung as soon as Thanksgiving weekend, and will be up through the end of December. All are welcome to vote for their favorite; The wreath with the most votes will win a gift basket valued at $75, with $30 and $20 gift cards for runners-up. It's also time to sign up your home lights and decorations display for the 2nd Annual “Great Christmas Light Driving Tour.” If you’ll be decorating your house for the holidays, let us know! We’ll add your address to TAVI’s map of Allentown and Upper Freehold, which will be posted on December 1st and updated through Christmas. Next, load the family in the car, and start at the McCormicks’ drive through Christmas village and light display. Then follow the map for a driving tour showcasing our community’s Christmas spirit. It’s free family fun! Next up is the return of the “Trees & Treats” house tour on Sunday, December 12, 2021. Visit the inside of the McCormicks’ home in Upper Freehold to see a Christmas wonderland of over 200 decorated trees and thousands of lights (just about as many inside as out!). Tickets are $10, with all proceeds benefitting TAVI’s community service projects, and are available with timed entry at www.allentownvinj.org. Finally, do your part to help those in need by supporting TAVI’s “Operation Holiday Giving” to support the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Assemble holiday care packages with the items listed on TAVI’s website (www.allentownvinj.org) then call (609) 208-9991 to arrange for a convenient pick up or drop off. Whatever you do, TAVI wishes you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season.
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Mistletoe & Medicine By, Valerie Mancuso
Mistletoe is a semiparasitic plant that grows on trees, such as apple, oak, maple, elm, pine, and birch. It has been used for hundreds of years to treat medical conditions such as epilepsy, hypertension, headaches, menopausal symptoms, infertility, arthritis, and rheumatism. Mistletoe is one of the most widely studied complementary and alternative medicine therapies for cancer. In Europe, mistletoe extracts are among the most prescribed therapies for cancer patients. Mistletoe extracts are usually given by an injection under the skin (subcutaneous). Less common ways to give mistletoe include by mouth, into a vein (intravenous or IV), into the pleural cavity, or into a tumor. Most clinical trials using mistletoe extracts to treat cancer have been done in Europe. Many studies use mistletoe as adjuvant therapy in patients with cancer. Although these trials have reported mistletoe extracts to be effective, weaknesses have been reported. Few serious side effects have been reported from the use of mistletoe extracts. Side effects include soreness and inflammation at injection sites, headache, fever, and chills. A few cases of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylactic shock, have been reported. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the use of mistletoe as a treatment for cancer or any other medical condition.
Interesting People Throughout History Nellie Bly- Investigative Journalist, Inventor By Pam Teel
Nellie Bly, born Elizabeth Cochran, was born on May 5, 1864 in Cochran’s Mills, Pennsylvania. The town was founded by her father, Judge Michael Cochran. Elizabeth had fourteen siblings. Her father had ten children from his first mar- riage and five children from his second marriage to Elizabeth’s mother, Mary Jane Kennedy. Elizabeth was an American journalist, an inventor, a charity worker, an activist, and a forerunner for investigative re- porting. Her father, Michael Cochran, went from mill worker to mill owner, and then to judge. His family lived very well until he died when Elizabeth was only six years old. His fortune was divided among his many children, leaving Elizabeth’s mother and her children with a small fraction of the wealth they once enjoyed. Elizabeth’s mother soon remarried, but quickly divorced her second husband because of abuse. They relocated to Pittsburgh after that. Elizabeth, Nellie, knew that she would need to find a way to make money. When she was 15, she enrolled in the State Normal School in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and an added an “e” to her last name to sound more distinguished. Her plan was to graduate and find a position as a teacher, but after only a year and a half, she ran out of money and could no longer afford the tuition. She moved back to Pittsburgh to help her mother run a boarding house.
In 1885, she read an article in the Pittsburgh Dispatch that disturbed her very much. It basically stated that a women’s place was to be at home and to take care of the needs of her man. She was so angry about that statement that she sent an angry letter to the editor anonymously signed “Lonely Orphan Girl.” The newspaper’s editor, George A. Madden, was so impressed with the letter that he published a note asking the “Lonely Orphan Girl” to reveal her name. Elizabeth marched into the Dispatch offices and introduced herself. Madden immediately offered her a job as a columnist. Shortly after her first article was published, Elizabeth changed her pseudonym from “Lonely Orphan Girl” to “Nellie Bly,” a name her boss gave her from a character from a popular song by Stephen foster. As a writer, Nellie focused her early work for the Pittsburgh Dispatch on the lives of working women, writing a series of investigative articles on women factory workers. However, the newspaper soon received complaints from factory owners about her writing, and she was reassigned to women's pages to Continued on page 36...
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