‘Shake It For the Cure to support Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center

By Patty Booth O’Neill
“Shake It for the Cure” is the brainchild of Mix Lounge and 2nd Floor Restaurant owners Sam Nativo and Mike Bienz.
“I’ve wanted to do this for years,” said Sam, who has organized the month-long event to raise money for the The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.
“All of a sudden it’s late and October is here, but this year I’m going to do it.
Beginning this Thursday, October 2nd The Mix and 2nd Floor will be offering the “TaTa Tini” a pink martini made with Three Olive Marilyn Monroe strawberry-flavored vodka.
Anyone who would like to be supportive is asked to wear pink when they go to the 2nd Floor or The Mix to enjoy a delicious TaTa Tini.
You can also show your support and talent by sending a video of yourself shaking it for the cure to SNJR66@aol.com. Be creative!
It’s all in fun for a serious cause.
This month-long event is for everyone. You can be a breast cancer survivor, a friend or an activist.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from TaTa Tinis sold during the month of October will be donated to The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center. There will be pink t-shirts for sale with proceeds also going to the center.


Iselin Man Shot Once in the Abdomen after Grabbing for Officer’s Weapon

(FREEHOLD) An Asbury Park police officer was injured during an altercation with a knife-wielding Middlesex County man who was shot by a second officer as they attempted to subdue him and he grabbed at the officer’s weapon, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Asbury Park Police Officer Carl Christie was stabbed in the torso but the knife was prevented from puncturing the officer’s abdomen by his bullet-proof vest. The officer received lacerations on his right wrist and a finger.

The incident occurred after Officer Christie responded around 9:20 a.m., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, to a report of a disorderly man outside 619 Main Street, in Asbury Park. Oswaldo Torres Quiroz, 22, a Mexican national living at 97 Fiume St., in the Iselin section of Woodbridge Township, was brandishing an 8-10-inch steak knife when Officer Christie and Police Officer Johnny Washington arrived on scene. The Officers were immediately confronted by Torres Quiroz. A third officer, Police Officer Anthony Butler, arrived on scene to assist. A struggle ensued when the officers attempted to disarm Torres Quiroz, who was carelessly swinging the knife resulting in the injuries to Officer Christie. During the struggle Torres Quiroz attempted to grab Officer Washington’s weapon. Washington discharged his weapon, a Glock .40-caliber pistol, striking Torres Quiroz in the abdomen.

Officer Christie, a 23-year veteran police office who has been with the Asbury Park Police Department for the past 15 years, was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for lacerations to his right wrist and a finger. He was later released.

Officer Washington, a 15-year Asbury Park Police Department veteran, was taken to the hospital with respiratory problems and was later released.

Officer Butler was not injured.

Torres Quiroz is listed in stable condition following surgery at a local hospital.

Torres Quiroz has been charged with first degree Attempted Murder, second degree Attempting to Disarm a Law Enforcement Officer, third degree Resisting Arrest, third degree Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, fourth degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and fourth degree Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.

Torres Quiroz is being held on $735,000 bail with no option to post ten percent, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen.

Judge Kilgallen also ordered Torres Quiroz can not return to the scene of the crime, and cannot have contact with his victims.

If convicted of Attempted Murder, Torres Quiroz faces a sentence of 20 years in a New Jersey state prison, subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.

If convicted of Attempting to Disarm a Law Enforcement Officer, Torres Quiroz faces a sentence of five to ten years in prison.

If convicted of the third degree offenses, Torres Quiroz faces three to five years in a state prison.

If convicted of the fourth degree offenses, he faces up to 18 months in state prison.

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to call Detective Rosendo Perez or Detective Ryan Muller, both of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, at 1-800-533-7443.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Thomas Huth, Director of the Office’s Major Crimes Bureau, and Jacqueline Seely, Director of the Office’s Professional Responsibility and Bias Crime Bureau.

New Jersey Bureau of Securities Files Suit Charging that Former Monmouth County Fire Chief Committed Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Against Investors; Revokes His Exemptions to Operate

NEWARK – The New Jersey Bureau of Securities, represented by the Division of Law, has filed suit against Vincent Falci, 55, of Middletown, and various investment companies he operated, after he allegedly defrauded 182 investors through the sale of approximately $5.4 million in unregistered securities.

In addition to filing suit in State Superior Court in Freehold, the Bureau of Securities summarily revoked the exemptions Falci could rely on to operate in the state’s securities industry without registration.
Falci, a former fire chief with Monmouth County, told investors that he would primarily be investing their monies in tax lien certificates. However, according to the Bureau of Securities’ complaint, instead of primarily investing in tax lien certificates, Falci misused investor monies to, among other things, purchase five homes initially deeded to either himself or his wife, and for other undisclosed purposes. In its lawsuit, the Bureau is seeking full restitution to the defrauded investors, as well as the imposition of civil monetary penalties.

“Contrary to Falci’s representations to investors, Bureau of Securities’ investigators allege that not more than three percent of investors’ hard-earned monies were invested in tax lien certificates,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. “We will not allow Falci’s brazen misrepresentations to go unchecked, nor will we allow his victims to go unprotected.”

The Bureau of Securities’ seven-count complaint alleges multiple violations of the Uniform Securities Law by Falci, including his being unregistered to conduct business when the alleged violations occurred between 2006 and 2009.

“In the course of the investigation, Falci admitted that the promotional materials he used to raise money from investors used only a hypothetical rate of return, though he didn’t disclose that to investors. It is important that investors be vigilant and on alert anytime a financial professional promises a high rate of return,” said Steve Lee, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.

“The Bureau of Securities’ investigation uncovered that, as part of Falci’s alleged fraud, he created and distributed false written annual updates to investors, purporting to show that their monies had been primarily invested in tax lien certificates as Falci promised,” said Bureau Chief Laura H. Posner. “This was not a case of a legitimate investment gone bad, but involved an alleged bad actor preying upon unsuspecting investors.”

Deputy Attorneys General Victoria A. Manning and Isabella T. Stempler of the Securities Fraud Prosecution Section in the Division of Law are representing the Bureau of Securities in this matter.

Rudolph G. Bassman, Chief of Enforcement, conducted the investigation on behalf of the Bureau.

The Bureau of Securities can be contacted toll-free within New Jersey at 1-866-I-INVEST (1-866-446-8378) or from outside New Jersey at 973-504-3600. The public is encouraged to visit the Bureau’s website at www.njsecurities.gov.


Man Arranged to Meet with Girl Who Turned Out to be Undercover Officer

(FREEHOLD) A Brick Township-based real estate broker was arrested Friday after he set up a meeting to have sex with a 14-year-old girl who turned out to be an undercover police officer, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Richard J. Jones, 66, of Brick, was arrested Friday afternoon following a joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Bureau and investigators from the Asbury Park, Englishtown and Wall Township police departments. Jones is charged with second degree Attempted Sexual Assault and is being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, on $125,000 bail with no 10 percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Honora O’Brien Kilgallen, J.S.C. Judge Kilgallen also ordered Jones to have no contact with the local prostitute he tried to persuade to facilitate the sexual liaison with an under-aged girl.

Jones is the owner and real estate broker of Century 21 Herbertsville Real Estate Company, Inc., on Herbertsville Road in Brick. He was arrested after attempting to use a local prostitute to facilitate a meeting to have sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl. Jones arrived at an agreed upon location where he was met by police, after pre-arranging to meet with the 14-year-old girl, who was really an undercover police officer.

If convicted of Attempted Sexual Assault, Jones faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in a New Jersey state prison and is subject to the provisions of Megan’s Law and Community Supervision for Life as part of his conditions for release.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.

The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Peter Boser, Director of the Special Victims Bureau.


(FREEHOLD) An Ocean Township woman who volunteered time with the wildlife division of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was sentenced to five years probation after more than 300 dead animals were found in her former Little Silver home earlier this year, announced Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Gretchen Rell, 56, now of Unami Avenue in the Wanamassa section of Ocean Township, must meet all the requirements of her probationary term as part of her sentence, as set down by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge John R. Tassini, J.S.C. Those requirements include: complying with recommendations of a psychiatric evaluation, and she must make available her medical, psychiatric and psychological records to authorities to ensure her compliance with the above. Rell must also complete 30 days of community service, she is prohibited from owning, residing with, or taking into her care or custody any animals during her probationary term, while also being barred from having any contact with the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. A violation of any of the requirements of the probationary term could result in up to a five-year prison term.

On March 9, 2014, Little Silver Police were dispatched to 15 Mitchell Place in Little Silver where, in conjunction with investigators from the Monmouth County SPCA, over 300 dead animals were discovered – including various types of birds, turtles, rabbits, mice, opossums, and other mammals that could not be identified due to the extent of decomposition.

A joint investigation by Little Silver police and SPCA investigators revealed that between January 2013 and March 2014, Rell took in numerous animals for purposes of temporary rehabilitation, but instead of rehabilitating the animals, the animals in her care died of starvation and dehydration. Many of the animals were discovered still in their original sealed crates or boxes.

The case was handled by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Melanie Falco.

Rell is represented by Dennis Melofchik, Esq., of Ocean Township.

Gov. Florio to serve as Monmouth University 2014-2015 Public Servant-In-Residence

West Long Branch — Monmouth University has announced that former New Jersey Governor James J. Florio will be the 2014-2015 Public Servant-in-Residence. Florio will give select lectures on U.S. healthcare policy and U.S. energy policy and participate in public events on campus during the fall and spring semesters.

Governor Florio

Former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman served in the role last year, and former New Jersey Governor Brendan T. Byrne served in the position in 2011-2012.


“Governor Florio’s expertise in public policy and the law is remarkable, and his commitment to public service is admired nationally,” said Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown. “Our students and faculty will benefit tremendously from his role on campus throughout the academic year.”

Florio served as New Jersey’s 49th governor from 1990 through 1994. During his term he signed into law the Clean Water Enforcement Act (1990), the nation’s strongest assault weapons ban, and helped to enact cutting edge law in the areas of education, healthcare, and welfare reform.

He also served in the United States House of Representatives from 1974 through 1990. As a member of Congress, he drafted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, better known as the “Superfund Program,” that is responsible for cleaning up some of the nation’s most hazardous waste sites, many in New Jersey.

Florio attended Erasmus High School in Brooklyn before earning an undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey (then Trenton State College) and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Camden. He also served in the United States Navy from 1955 through 1958 and later rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander as a reservist.

He was also an amateur boxer and brought that fighting spirit to battle for the public good and against political corruption. Florio’s willingness to fight for tough causes helped earn him the prestigious “Profiles in Courage Award” by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation in 1993. He will be inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in November 2014, and now serves as Founding Partner of the law firm of Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Fader, L.L.C. with corporate offices in Phillipsburg, NJ.

The Public Servant-in-Residence program, coordinated by the Office of Global Initiatives and the Department of Political Science and Sociology, was created in 2000 to provide a venue for public officials to share their expertise with students and the campus community at Monmouth University.

For information about upcoming events, please contact Dr. Joseph Patten at jpatten@monmouth.edu or by phone at 732-263-5742.

Charity Fund marks End of Summer

Oceanport — End of Summer Celebration…Jersey Style was held on August 31 at Monmouth Park Racetrack with over 150 people in attendance to pay tribute to honorees Thomas A. Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder, Frank J. Vozos, M.D., President & CEO, Monmouth Medical Center, and Mary Ann Martin, Retiring Executive Director of the Monmouth Park Charity Fund, for their incredible philanthropic support of those in need in local communities and the positive impact they have made on the lives of individuals and families of Monmouth County.

Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO The Monmouth Park Charity Fund held its "End of Summer Celebration" at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, on August 31. Honorees (l-r) Dr. Frank J. Vozos, Mary Ann Martin, and Freeholder Tom Arnone were presented Joint New Jersey Legislative Resolutions by Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini.

The event, sponsored by The Hesse Companies and The Hesse Family and Co-Chaired by Hon. Cathy Nicola, Nancy Nicola and Dave Gruskos, exemplified a true Jersey Style celebration.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Monmouth Park Charity Fund whose mission it is to raise and distribute funds to non-profit agencies throughout Monmouth County. These agencies provide services for health care, those at risk in the community, and those in need of special services.

Since the organization’s inception in 1946, over 8.8 million dollars has been distributed to local nonprofit agencies providing these services to residents of Monmouth County.

Month long investigation ends in drug bust

Ocean Township – After a month long investigation by members of the police departments Criminal Investigation Bureau a 22 year old Oakhurst woman was arrested on various drug charges.

September 17, at 7:00 in the evening police executed a narcotic search warrant at a private residence located on Melville Street, according to Detective Lieutenant Kevin L. Faller. Police had been investigating that location for possible sale and distribution of heroin.

Faller stated that the officers involved in the search were Detective Sergeants John Green and Thomas Burke, Detectives Michael Legg, Matthew Jackiewicz, Bryon Morgan, Jessie Orbach and Michael Melody. “Upon executing the warrant, detectives seized heroin, prescription legend drugs, drug paraphernalia and hypodermic syringes,” wrote Faller in a prepared statement.

Police arrested Victoria Albano, 22, and according to the statement she was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of heroin, illegal possession of prescription legend drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of hypodermic syringes. “Additionally, detectives located drug paraphernalia and uncapped syringes in an area where Ms. Albano’s daughter sleeps. The child was not home at the time of the search warrant and arrest,” added Faller.

Bail was set by Judge Louis Garippo at $45,000.00 with no ten percent option. Albano was remanded to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution to await a future court hearing. Ocean Township Police would not provide a photo of Albano.

Theater Review: A funny, scary Dinner With The Boys

By Madeline Schulman
Do you enjoy stories about organized crime families? Do you like the movies The Godfather and Goodfellas, as well the television show The Sopranos? Now you have another chance to meet the fascinating rogues we see on the screen and read about in the papers, if you have “Dinner with the Boys” at NJ Rep.

Richard Zavaglia and Dan Lauria prepare the dinner for Dinner With The Boys, now at NJ Rep. (SuzAnne Barabas photo)

In this very black comedy, written by and starring Dan Lauria (of The Wonder Years), we meet Charlie (Lauria) and his friend Dominic (Richard Zavaglia) in the 1970s style kitchen of a house in the wilds of New Jersey, three hours from beloved Brooklyn. They have been banished by Big Anthony Jr., (Ray Abruzzo) head of the Family, for misdeeds which will be revealed throughout the play.

The set, designed by Jessica Parks, is so authentic that the audience member in front of me exclaimed that the coffee pot, portable black and white TV, and copper molds on the wall had been taken from her kitchen!

Six months ago, Charlie and Dominic were fixtures of the Family. Irascible Charlie and his departed friend Leo were enforcers, and more tender-heartedly emotional Dominic was the Family cook. In exile, Dominic whips up gourmet meals with produce from Charlie’s garden, while Charlie reminisces in sometimes gruesome detail how he and Leo dispatched pimps, bookies, and assorted rats.

Our anti-heroes live in fear of Big Anthony Jr., played with a great mixture of humor and ferocity by Abruzzi, and his terrifying The Uncle Sid (the legendary Morris “Moe” Rosenbaum, exactly as good as Abruzzi). As Charlie says, their mouths are full of blood. After all this time, Big Anthony Jr. is coming for a special Sunday dinner with the boys. That does not bode well.

Charlie and Dominic are amusing company. Cooped up together in exile as they are, they constantly fight and make up, but we can see clearly by the excellent acting of Lauria and Zavaglia and direction by Frank Megna, that they truly love each other in an Odd Couple fashion. They have a funny way with the English language. Dominic says that “Big Anthony Jr.’s heart” is a “moron ox,” and Charlie boasts that he is famous as a “raccoonteur.”

There is onstage and offstage bloodshed in Dinner with the Boys. Accept the invitation, but watch your hosts and fellow guests carefully. Remember the little old ladies of Arsenic and Old Lace and their elderberry wine before savoring Dominic’s delicious little white meatballs and his cheesecake. The secret ingredient is orange rind!

Dinner With the Boys plays at NJ Rep, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, and runs through Oct. 5. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7pm. Due to popular demand, extra performances have been added on Wednesday, Sept. 24 and Oct 1 at 7 p.m.

For tickets and more info, call 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org.


(FREEHOLD) Phone scammers are targeting local residents with claims of owing tax money to the Internal Revenue Service and threatening to send people to jail if the money doesn’t get paid immediately, warned Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

The callers take various approaches to extort money by either demanding money be paid immediately or in some cases saying there is a refund due – whatever tactic is used there is one common goal: trying to trick you into sharing private information.

“The phone call comes unannounced and unexpected,” Gramiccioni explained. “The voice on the other end of the phone claims to be a representative from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and quickly informs you that there is thousands of dollars owed to the IRS for back taxes.”

The typically hostile caller demands to know how you plan to pay the bogus debt. That is usually followed with threats of calling in the local police, jail time, deportation, the closure of a business, revoking a driver’s license and any other scare tactic to force the call recipient to pay.

“If someone unexpectedly calls claiming to be from the IRS and threatens police arrest, deportation or license revocation if you don’t pay immediately, that is a sign that it really isn’t the IRS calling,” stated Jonathan D. Larsen, Acting Special Agent in Charge, IRS-Criminal Investigation, Newark Field Office.

These con artists sound convincing when they call, and they may know a lot about you – including the last four digits of your Social Security Number. To add to the illusion of them being “official,” the scammers usually have changed the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling, and use phony names and fake IRS identification badge numbers to enhance the illusion.

“Don’t fall for it,” said Monmouth County First Assistant Prosecutor Marc C. LeMieux. “The IRS doesn’t call you about taxes owed unless you have already been notified officially by the IRS with a letter. The IRS doesn’t demand payments over the phone or threaten to call the police. Don’t fall for these scammers who will try to bully you out of your hard earned money.”

The scammers have been known to leave a message, if you don’t answer the call, often the message is characterized as “urgent” and directs you to return the call specifically to an IRS Agent whose name and identification numbers are phony.

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IRS officials say it is pretty easy to know when a supposed IRS caller is a fake, and offers the following five tips about what the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

• Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
• Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
• Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

• If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040, where a legitimate IRS representative can help you with a payment issue.

• If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or atwww.tigta.gov.

• You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

Additional information about tax scams are available on IRS social media sites, includingYouTube and Tumblr where people can search “scam” to find all the scam-related posts.

Anyone who feels the need to remain anonymous but has information about a crime can contact Monmouth County Crime Stoppers confidential telephone tip-line by calling 1-800-671-4400; can text “MONMOUTH” plus their tip to 274637; or, they can email a tip via the website atwww.monmouthcountycrimestoppers.com

Monmouth County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of criminals and fugitives.