Mazzacco leads Devils over Bucs

By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr. October 22, 2021 – Shore Regional High School senior Jamie Mazzacco put on a magnificent show on Friday night as he led the Blue Devils over the visiting Bucs of Red Bank Regional, 23-8. Mazzacco played quarterback completing 5 of 8 passes for 91 yards. He ran the ball 22 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and also kicked a 28-yard field goal. That was just his offensive contributions.

On defense, Mazzacco plays linebacker and had three solo tackles, assisted on four, and had one interception in the win over Red Bank. Also having a big defensive game was Jackson Whitacre, a 6’3” and 210-pound sophomore defensive end who had a three sacks, five solo tackles and assisted on four.

Offensively the Blue Devils had 317 total yards, with 91 in the air and 226 on the ground. Red Bank Regional had an impressive air game with 188-passing yards. However, on the ground they were held to 49 rushing yards by the Shore defense.

With the victory, Shore improved to 6-1 on the season. Their only loss, 34-20, was on opening night at Point Pleasant Boro. Since that game Shore has outscored their opponents 165-46. That places the Blue Devils in second place in the Patriot Division, behind the undefeated squad from Pt. Boro and ahead of Asbury Park, Barnegat, Manchester and Jackson Liberty.

Looking at the entire Shore Conference standings in regard to overall records, Red Bank Catholic is at the top with a perfect 8-0 record. They are followed by Long Branch, who also is unbeaten at 6-0, then Point Boro at 6-1, Rumson Fair-Haven at 6-1 and the Blue Devils of Shore at 6-1.

Marc Costantino is in his 30th season as head coach of the Blue Devils. He has a 197-106-1 record, and has constantly had the Blue Devils as a competitive team. “Team played hard, sloppy at times, have to tighten up for the playoffs,” said Costantino. The win was the first of the two Shore Conference Pod games that are played at the end of the season. “Overall very happy with the team performance. We have Raritan next week at on their field.” Raritan is 3-4 on the season.

Also having a great night on the offensive side of the ball for Shore was senior Andrew Decker, who had 54-rushing yards on 10 touches. Patrick Kelly, senior, rushed the ball five times for 49 yards. Sophomore Lucas White scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter. Aidan Scaturro, senior, had one catch for 57 yards, White had three receptions for 21 yards and Mike Furlong, junior, had one catch for 13 yards.

Liam Rosa, senior middle linebacker, had a sack and three tackles, senior Alex Kramer had an interception and two tackles for the Blue Devils.

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Local Real Estate Sold From 10-18-21 to 10-25-21

Single Family:
34 Sullivan Ave   $445,000
33 Kremer Ave   $469,000
35 Tinton Ave   $546,000
45 Bernard St    $451,000
306-A South St   $102,000
4 Waverly Ct   $612,500
There are 32 homes currently Under Contract of Sale, and 16 Currently Available For Sale
Single Family:
63 Roosevelt Ave., $7,000,000

There are 9 homes currently Under Contract of Sale, and 7 Currently Available For Sale

Single Family:

253 Hamilton Ave   $479,000
341 Macarthur Ave   $495,000
111 Branchport Ave   $535,000

185 2nd Ave   $649,000
35-37 2nd Ave   $1,570,000
53 N Lake Dr   $2,050,000

728 Greens Ave 4   $225,000
55 Melrose Ter 407   $450,000
422 Ocean Blvd N 2B   $580,000
525 Ocean Blvd 301   $625,000
787 Ocean Ave 902   $640,000
30 Melrose Ter 301   $1,225,000
152 Ocean Ave N A2   $1,124,000
30 Melrose Ter 606   $3,200,000

There are 59 homes currently Under Contract of Sale, and 85 Currently Available For Sale

1382 Ocean Ave B8   $325,000
1382 Ocean Ave A15   $325,000
1382 Ocean Ave B18  $350,000
There are 21 homes currently Under Contract of Sale, and 10 Currently Available For Sale.

55 Ocean Ave 7D, $405,000

There are 14 homes currently Under Contract of Sale, and 18 For Sale.


Single Family:
431 Branchport Ave   $495,000
42 Hiawatha Ave   $685,000
14 Balmer Ct E – 1.04   $979,656
There are 19 homes currently Under Contract of Sale and 14 Currently Available For Sale.


Single Family:
1317 Edgewood Ave  $463,000
18 Eisele Ave  $575,000
22 Lotus Ct   $705,000
19 Standish Dr   $845,000
13 Marisa Ct   $930,000
There are 56 homes currently Under Contract of Sale, and 67 Currently Available For Sale.


Single Family:

1705 Stratford Ave   $269,000

323 Hillside Dr   $350,000
30 Maplecrest Dr  $390,000
209 Wilson Rd  $450,000
123 Bennett Rd  $549,000
231 S Riverside Dr  $934,500

1603 Alpine Trl   $270,000

206 Poplar Pl   $350,000
16 El Dorado Way  $513,000

There are 3 homes currently Under Contract of Sale, there are 7 currently Available For Sale


Single Family:
95 Neptune Ave $390,000

There are no homes currently Under Contract of Sale, and 2 currently Available For Sale.

There are 8 homes currently Under Contract of Sale, and  7 Currently Available For Sale.
There are 11 homes currently Under Contract of Sale, and 5 Currently Available For Sale.


There is 1 home currently Under Contract of Sale, and 1 Currently Available For Sale.


Single Family:
212 Brinley Ave   $1,509,392
1001 Central Ave 3   $620,000
There are 15 homes currently Under Contract of Sale, and 21 Currently Available For Sale.
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WLB holds grand opening for remodeled Community Center

The grand opening of the newly renovated West Long Branch Community Center was held Friday night with Mayor Janet Tucci leading the celebration, along with council, residents and accompanied by a champagne toast.

“I would like to welcome everyone to this auspicious occasion,” Mayor Tucci said. She spoke about people whose parents worked at the original establishment when is was the Norwood Country Club.  The club, which was a golf course, included all the surrounding homes up to Oakwood Ave. and Peter Cooper Village. The club went out of business, stood dormant for over 10 years and then was purchased by the Lion’s Club in 1953. They spent three months remodeling the building and after it was formally charted as the WLBCC, it was handed over to the community.

“The present board members of the CC will partner with our governing body to provide our residents the privilege of enjoying this newly renovated, beautiful facility,” Tucci said after calling up Council members Matthew Sniffen, MaryLynn Mango, Christopher Neyhart, Stephen Bray and John Penta. “We are all looking forward to the future,” she said.

Rooms were added to the main building over the years which housed the police station, borough hall and library which were all moved to a new location on Broadway. The borough took over the club in 2019, which up until then had been a private entity.

Councilman Neyhart spoke about his memories of the community center, going to the Norwood Room for preschool, attending many WLB affairs and proposing to his wife Andrea on the grounds. He spoke about past president of the WLBCC, Gene Van Brunt, and how they have renamed the newly renovated Norwood Room after him. Gene passed away in 2017.

“This is a beautiful renovation and home for the West Long Branch community,” Neyhart said. “I hope everyone and their families will enjoy it for years to come.”

Frances “Fran” Welcome, 84, passes away

Frances “Fran” Welcome, 84, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021. Born Frances Cosentino, she grew up in West Long Branch, the daughter of public servants: Josephine, a nurse, and Anthony, the Borough’s Fire Chief. She graduated from Long Branch High School in 1955, where in 1953 she met her best friend and husband Donald Welcome, with whom she spent 68 years.

They attended Murray State University together in Kentucky, earning degrees in education. She worked every day while going to school — as a Bell telephone operator, a waitress on the Long Branch Boardwalk — and she seemingly never stopped. After college, Fran and Don returned to Long Branch and devoted their careers to the education of the district’s elementary school students.

Fran was a standout teacher from the beginning, distinguishing herself in every way with a deep commitment to student excellence, and by providing inspirational leadership and service during periods of profound change in American public education. She taught for a record 51 years at the Elberon and Garfield Schools, primarily in the third and fourth grades, and later the No Child Left Behind program. She was understandably celebrated as Teacher of the Year at the district and county levels several times.

Fran was recognized for always being out in front, for giving so much, and for being so kind. She was beloved and immensely popular. Even in a profession where it’s common to find good people with heart, Fran’s qualities and abilities were uncommon and inimitable. She brought love, humanity, inclusivity, and generosity to the classroom and her community. She valued staying in touch with her students and their families, including many times teaching the children of her former students. She impacted the lives of thousands of school children and personally mentored scores of teachers, building so many lasting relationships with them.

Fran pushed these successive generations to be their best and to influence the world around them in meaningful ways. She was similarly generous to countless relatives and friends who also loved her dearly, and to institutions that meant a lot to her and that “do good things.” She was a passionate cook, the life of every party, and an avid library patron having read well over 2,000 books during her lifetime.

Fran is survived by her loving husband Donald, and two nephews whose lives and careers she continually inspired: Anthony Crowell, the Dean and President of New York Law School, and William Crowell, who trained as a social worker. She was predeceased by her sister Martha.

For messages of condolence, please visit Fran’s page of tributes at

In honor of Fran, the family requests that any donations be made to the West Long Branch First Aid Squad;

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Dorothy Catherine Molloy passes

Dorothy C. Molloy, nee Vetrini, passed away on October 11, 2021, peacefully at home in Monmouth Beach.  She was born in Bayonne, NJ in 1924 to Angela and Cesare Vetrini.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph who died in 1971, her sister, Emma Pederson, and her niece, Joan Coffey.

Surviving are two daughters, Dorothy Porter, and her husband James of Wheaton, Illinois and Betty Degnan, and her husband Tugger of Monmouth Beach with whom she lived.  Dorothy was blessed with six grandchildren, Kelly Treshock and her husband Tom, Joseph Degnan and his wife Lisa, Elizabeth Kaleta and her husband Rob, Agnes Post and her husband Josh, James, and Charles Porter. She was also blessed with eight great-grandchildren, Thomas, Grace, and Jimmy Treshock, Ethan and Shane Degnan, Steve Archer, Meliya and Marriana Porter. Gee was loved by a grand-nephew, Jay Coffey and his wife, Susan and a grand-niece, Janine Hammer and her husband, Keith. She was also loved by her great-granddog, Belle.

Dorothy grew up in Bayonne, graduated from Holy Family Academy, and worked in her parents’ businesses for many years.  She began working for McCrory’s in Jersey City in 1984 and retired shortly before moving to Monmouth Beach. Here, she assumed her most important job, caring and nurturing her great-grandchildren.

Although Dorothy (Gee as per her grandchildren) enjoyed the family activities, she was never happier than at the “Let It Ride” tables in Atlantic City. She had many fun bus rides to AC with her dearest friend, Grace Cancalosi, as well as Friday night dinners, bingo, and Canasta card games.  As she aged, her trips by bus became less frequent but the day trips became overnight stays with family member chauffeurs.  Gee visited a few of the casinos as often as possible and got to know many of the dealers.  She was a part time slot player but only when “the cards changed”.  Along with her gambling activities, she attended Shore basketball games, tennis matches, and swim meets to cheer for her great grandchildren’s teams.

Gee was abundantly wealthy in all that matters in life, family and friends.  With her passing we have lost the last member of the Greatest Generation of our family.

To them all….. Requiesce In Pace!

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Monmouth Beach First Aid, 26 Beach Road, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence/remembrance through the Tribute/Guestbook link.

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Mary Mirarchi Rosenbruch, 95, passes

Mary Mirarchi Rosenbruch, 95, passed away October 12, 2021 at Monmouth Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born and lived all of her life in Long Branch. During her life she had been employed by Fort Monmouth, Flame Restaurant, and Concurrent Computer Corp retiring thirty years ago.

She had been a member of the ladies’ auxiliary of the Oceanic Fire Company, a parishioner at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, St. Dorothea’s Church, and a member of the Long Branch Seniors.

Mary loved playing bingo, and taking the bus to Atlantic City into her 90’s. She was a phenomenal dancer and could clear the dance floor from USO dances in the 1940’s through VFW social events when she was 80 years old. She loved summer, dark chocolate, anything purple and her family, especially her grandchildren.She was predeceased by her parents, Rosaria (Marsico) and Salvatore Mirarchi, her brothers, Salvatore, Dominic, and Albert (who gave his life in a WWII mission), her sisters, Philomena Graziano, Teresa Foggia Mazza and Rose Mirarchi, and her long-time companion, Woody Green.

She is survived by her daughter Patricia and her husband Joseph Clores, her son William Rosenbruch, her granddaughter Kathryn Clores and her husband Jeffrey Fucci, her granddaughter Dr. Karen Clores and her partner John Amey, her grandson Brian Clores and his wife Carissa Arty. She is also survived by her beloved niece Marie Demarco and her family, her nephews Albert, Joseph and James Mirarchi and their families, and Jan Green who has been like a daughter.

Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or the Long Branch First Aid Squad. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence through the Tribute/Guestbook link above.

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Angel L. Acevedo, Jr. and Daniela Correia Salles

Angel L. Acevedo Jr., 40 and his wife, Daniela Correia Salles, 35, of Baltimore, MD passed away in a tragic car accident on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Tinton Falls, NJ. The family is deeply saddened by their sudden death.

Angel was born in Long Branch, NJ and grew up in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, attending Henry Hudson Regional School. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Dartmouth College then later completed his Master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. Angel began his career in engineering with the U.S. Army in 2006. He worked his way up becoming the Chief of Mission Network Communications at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground. Angel’s pride was in his work and his relationships with his many colleagues that adored him. They said he will be remembered for his voice of reason and his contagious laugh.

The simplest pleasures in life brought Angel and Daniela great joy.  They would often explore local hiking trails finding beauty in nature. They made time to have gatherings in their home and to visit family and friends no matter how near or far. Anyone who knew Angel and Daniela were touched by their kindness, humor, and positivity. Angel had the innate ability of keeping everyone connected. His sound advice and constant laughter will never be forgotten. Traveling the world, hiking, wine tasting, skiing and photography were just a few of their hobbies.

Angel’s wife Daniela grew up in Salvador, Brazil. She was a Doctor of Pathology then came to the US to further her career at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. Angel was attracted to her intelligence, beauty and optimism. She was his soulmate and he was so proud to be her husband.

Angel was predeceased by his father, Angel L. Acevedo Sr. He is survived by his mother, Aracelia Torres; his sister Ariana Acevedo; his niece Aliya Irula; three younger brothers, Armando, Alexander and Christopher Acevedo; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Daniela is survived by her parents, Osmario Jorge de Mattos Salles and Celia Maria Correia Salles; her sisters Fernanda Salles Reis and Patricia Correia Salles; her niece Isabela Dantas Salles; and aunts, uncles and cousins in Brazil.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence by selecting the Tribute/Guestbook link above.

For the safety of all, face masks are required to be worn inside our facility.

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