Submitted By Nancy J. LaPointe, CFP®, CLU, ChFCThe term cash flow is easily tossed around, and promoted. According to Webster’s Dictionary, the technical definition is “a measure of liquidity that usually consists of net income after taxes plus noncash charges against income”. This is a good place to start. I imagine that to many people cash flow means cash is flowing out the door. Cash and cash equivalents are terms used to describe money that is easily accessible and can be spent. Liquid or liquidity are also terms used for accessible money. But what do these terms mean to the average person and family? I propose that cash flow is the money to pay the bills and to spend; cash in cash out. Often, many feel like money is flowing out and just trickling in.Financial representatives often start the financial needs assessment process with cash flow because it is the foundation of all financial decisions. Quite frankly, without the sustainable and significant cash flow to support one’s goals and objectives, you are doomed to fail.The start of determining your realistic parameters for achieving your goals is a two-step process that begins with understanding your cash resources and then aligning those resources with your objectives so that they are achievable. The pain involved is that you may have to adjust, modify, and delay your current dreams and hopes. Your present cash resources may be inadequate to achieve and sustain your objectives. Design your cash flow chart and outline your in and out flows.Cash Resources start with inflow; what is your income, earned and unearned? In other words, what do you have to work with? What income can you conservatively count on weekly, monthly, and annually? That is the baseline. From this knowledge, you can start building your cash flow chart.Now that you have your income, it is time to review your expenses. First, we begin with your fixed expenses. By fixed expenses, I mean consistent living expenses that have little or no fluctuation and are necessary. Examples would be rent or mortgage, utilities, insurances, current debt related expenses, food, shelter, and clothing. I also propose that in today’s world, saving for retirement to cover future essential expenses is a must. I propose at least 10% of your income. These days, retirement investing is not a luxury, but a necessity. Most of the time, employer and government sponsored retirement plans are not going to get the job done for you. Strive to keep fixed costs low as you will then have greater overall flexibility. Consider all costs, not just strictly monthly bills, such as the annual expense of home or rental insurance, property taxes, life insurance, and car and home upkeep.Flexible spending can be non-essential food, clothing, dining out, travel, entertainment, upgrades, and even cell phones. These are expenses you can increase or decrease as needed. Have the conversation with yourself and your significant other as to what are impulse wants and what is really meaningful to your quality of life. Come up with your definitions. You have the power of choice in making these expenditures. If your cash inflow does not support this discretionary spending, it should not be purchased. Can you afford the purchase itself along with the related on-going expenses associated with it? In most cases, you’re not buying a cell phone, but you’re buying an ongoing expense of a cell phone service plan. Season tickets to the local ball team will involve additional transportation costs at a minimum. I suspect you will be buying food at the game and or dining out on the way home. Consider the associated expenses, maintenance, upkeep, and other additional costs when making purchases.Long term goals, such as funds to replace a vehicle, upgrade a bathroom, purchase a four wheeler, or to travel all need consideration as you draw out your cash flow chart. Determine your commitment to these objectives and what needs to be allocated on a regular basis so you can cover the costs of these goals. The cash flow chart will give you the knowledge and foundation to start building your financial future with intention. You may discover new strengths in your will to improve and focus your activities. You will, by completing this exercise, be able to adjust and connect with your spending habits. The actions you take will determine your commitment and success of achieving your true objectives. The ground work of charting your cash flow is a first step; it is not an end to itself. It is part of the process of becoming and designing the life you want.This material has been provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute either tax or legal advice. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you consult a tax preparer, professional tax advisor, or lawyer.Nancy J. LaPointe,MBA, CFP®, ChFC®, CLU®, CASL®,Financial Planner, Wealth Manager, NAVIGATE FINANCIAL is located at 4520 Intelco Loop SE, Suite 1D Lacey, WA 98503. She offers securities and advisory services as an Investment Adviser Representative and a Registered Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC. She can be reached at 360 628 8175 or at Nancy@navigatefinancialNW.com Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryThe Westport Winery is located just one hour west towards the sea and is the westernmost winery in the state.Westport Winery just received five medals at the Northwest Wine Summit held in Hood River, Oregon in 2013.Dawn Patrol, the winery’s raspberry Riesling, brought home a gold medal. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits Jimmy Doolittle VFW Post 3057 in Westport, Washington.Going Coastal, Little Wild, and Mermaid all earned silver medals. Going Coastal is a sparkling Gewurztraminer that benefits the YMCA of Grays Harbor. Little Wild is a blackberry Riesling benefiting the Grays Harbor and Pacific County Master Gardeners. Mermaid is the winery’s varietal Merlot benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Grays Harbor.True Blue, the winery’s fortified blueberry dessert wine was awarded a bronze medal. This wine benefits North Beach PAWS of Ocean Shores, Washington.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.
Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySt. Martin’s celebrates a 30 year partnership with Mukogawa Women’s University.Long before international and intercultural exchange activities became a regular part of life at Saint Martin’s, the presidents of Saint Martin’s University, then a college, and Mukogawa Women’s University in Nishinomiya, Japan, forged a sister-school relationship that is still going strong today.This summer, the two universities will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their summer cultural exchange agreement, which has enabled students on both sides of the Pacific to personally experience and learn about another culture, language and way of life.A 30th Anniversary celebration will mark the occasion on August 14 at the Norman Worthington Conference Center. More than 100 guests are expected to attend the event. Guests will include host families, student cultural ambassadors, visiting students from Mukogawa, and U.S. students. Hirotoshi Yano, chief professor of Mukogawa’s education department, will be traveling to Saint Martin’s especially for the anniversary celebration.“Our relationship with Mukogawa is particularly important, as it started the Saint Martin’s tradition of promoting educational partnerships and intercultural exchange with higher education institutions in other parts of the world,” says Josephine Yung, vice president of international programs and development. “It serves as a model of successful cultural exchange that connects people to people, and provides wonderful and exciting opportunities for young people from all over the world.”Yung says the exchange program with Mukogawa was started in 1984 by then president of Saint Martin’s President John Ishii, Ph.D., Washington state’s first Asian-American college president, and Mukogawa President Akira Kusaka. Both considered promotion of international understanding and intercultural friendships a crucial part of preparing their students to live and work in an increasingly interconnected world. The legacy of both presidents lives on, even though both presidents have died.Each year, about 30 to 40 young women from Mukogawa – most of them early childhood education majors – come to Saint Martin’s for the summer program. Included are workshops and learning experiences, sightseeing, a weekend stay with a local host family, fieldtrips to daycare centers, libraries and other institutions, a cultural celebration – and of course, shopping. They live in Saint Martin’s residence halls, dine in the cafeteria and get to know U.S. students, experiences that give them a window into life in the United States. Close to 1,000 students from Mukogawa Women’s University have participated in cultural exchange with Saint Martin’s students the last 30 years, Yung said.What began as a single exchange paved the way for other sister university relationships for Saint Martin’s. The University now has educational and cultural exchange with other Japanese schools, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Northern Ireland, England, France, Italy, Russia and most recently, Brazil. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Facebook6Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyCountywide count includes homeless resource events in Rochester, Yelm, Olympia and Tenino Volunteers are needed to help with the annual homeless census in Thurston County, and with several “Homeless Connect” resource fair events, all happening Thursday, January 29 through Saturday, January 31. The Thurston County census and resource fairs are part of a nationwide “Point in Time” homeless count designed to help determine who is homeless, why, and what resources are needed to help people get back to independence.2015 homeless census organizers will mobilize hundreds of volunteers to fan out across the county to find and interview homeless residents. Previous census volunteers have included individuals from local schools and colleges, non-profit organizations, faith communities, businesses, elected officials, and even some volunteers struggling with homelessness themselves.“We need a lot of volunteers to make this a successful census.” said Homeless Census Coordinator Anna Schlecht. “Each year, we draw people from all walks of life to fan out throughout the county to learn who’s homeless and why. By working together, we all learn more about homelessness and about the roles we can play to help folks get back into housing.”The 2015 homeless census will include a new special outdoor “Youth Count!” event at the Artesian Well in downtown Olympia. Volunteers are needed for Youth Count! so that census organizers can reach more street-dependent youth who are often hard to find using other census methods. The Youth Count! event will feature live music, a youth-run hot dog stand, social services and survival resources. All Youth Count! activities will occur rain or shine, under canopies as needed.Along with the census and survey canvasing, volunteers are also needed for four homeless resource fair events where families and individuals struggling with homelessness can connect with social services, and where they can also get hot meals, warm clothing, and other survival commodities. This year’s “Homeless Connect” resource fair events will be held in Rochester and Yelm on Thursday, January 29, and in downtown Olympia and in Tenino on Saturday, January 31.The annual Thurston County Homeless Census is coordinated by the City of Olympia, which has a contract with Thurston County to do the census. The results of the census are used to help guide federal, state and local funding decisions for local shelters, transitional housing, and related supportive services. The Thurston County HOME Consortium oversees the annual census and uses the data to help make recommendations for the multi-jurisdictional administration of the county’s housing programs.If you are interested in volunteering with the 2015 Thurston County Homeless Census or at the Homeless Connect resource fair events in Rochester, Yelm, Olympia or Tenino, contact Homeless Census Coordinator Anna Schlecht at (360) 753-8183 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can register to help online here.Jan. 29: Thurston County Homeless Census—locations throughout Thurston CountyJan. 29: Rochester Homeless Connect at the ROOF Community Center, 10140 Highway 12 SW in Rochester, 98579Jan. 29: Yelm Homeless Connect at Yelm Community Services Center, 624 Crystal Springs Road NW in Yelm, 98597Jan. 31: Olympia Homeless Connect at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St SE in Olympia, 98501Jan. 31: Tenino Homeless Connect at the Quarry House, 319 W Park Ave in Tenino, 98589
Submitted by The Landing at Hawk’s Prairie 11 year old Sarah Bamesberger was the grand prize winner at The Landing at Hawks Prairie’s Military Appreciation Day.For the second consecutive year, The Landing at Hawks Prairie shopping center in Lacey played host recently to a special celebration at which Lacey-area military families from Joint Base Lewis-McChord were treated to an afternoon of free hot dogs and refreshments, face painting, giveaways from center tenants and children’s games and activities.The highlight of the July 25 event was 11-year-old Sarah Bamesberger winning the grand prize in a raffle conducted by the Hawks Prairie owner, Cimmarusti Holdings LLC/Lucia Properties.Sarah, the youngest of five children, moved from Kentucky to Fort Lewis just one month prior to the event. Her father has served in the Army for 18 years and the family has lived in Texas, Missouri, Alaska, Georgia and South Korea prior to Kentucky and now Washington.“We saw the sign in front of Navy Federal and I told my Mom we had to come,” said Sarah, who won a $50 Domino’s gift certificate, a $100 gift card to Pho Hoa’, a free haircut from Jack and Jill’s, a free massage and facial from Hand and Stone Spa, and a stuffed animal and free yogurt from Menchie’s. All of these stores are tenants at The Landing at Hawks Prairie.Despite being the big winner, Sarah said that wasn’t the highlight of her day, but rather, “our favorite was the snow cones.”Attendance this year was twice what it was at the inaugural event in 2014, and in addition to the participation of nearly all of the center tenants, the event was supported by radio station KAYO, Rutledge Farm train cars, Costco, the Lacey Fire Department, and Kidz n’ Motion.The River Ridge High School Taiko Band entertained guests.“We also had the River Ridge Taiko Band there to entertain our guests, and we served more than 1,000 hot dogs, in addition to all of the other treats,” said center owner Larry Cimmarusti. “Everyone loved the 40 foot obstacle course and the face painting – it was a great military family turnout and we can’t wait to do it again next year!”“We consider this to be a small gesture of our immense appreciation for these selfless, modern-day heroes,” said owner Ralph Cimmarusti. “In our minds, we can never do enough to thank the brave members of our military for the sacrifices they make to protect and preserve our freedoms,”Brothers Ralph and Larry Cimmarusti, who currently own and operate the Original Roadhouse Grill restaurants in Oregon and California, have a two decade-plus history of staging fundraisers on behalf of the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.“It is our responsibility as members of the local communities we are part of to honor the memories of officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting those communities, and here in Lacey we wanted to create an event to pay tribute to the brave service men and women, and their families, who are stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,” said Ralph Cimmarusti.Lacey Firefighters came out to honor local military soldiers and their families.“This event is just our way of recognizing these service men and women, and their families, to whom we owe so much,” said Larry Cimmarusti. “It’s just one way for us to say ‘thank you.’”In addition to Domino’s, Hand and Stone, Jack and Jill’s, Menchie’s and Pho Hoa’, other Hawks Prairie tenants participating in the event included Red Robin, Comfort Dental, Navy Federal Credit Union, Kiddie Academy, Mattress Depot, LA Fitness, Total Nutrition, Sprint, Game Stop, Tan Republic, America’s Best and the Military Recruitment office.Located in the heart of the Puget Sound region, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) is the Defense Department’s premiere military installation on the West Coast. JBLM provides world-class installation support to more than 40,000 active, Guard and Reserve Service members and about 15,000 civilian workers. The base supports 60,000 family members who live on and outside the base, and nearly 30,000 military retirees living within 50 miles. Facebook34Tweet0Pin0
Image Courtesy: MarcaAdvertisement Arda Turan, the FC Barcelona midfielder who is currently on a loan spree away at Süper Lig side İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. has been give a suspension away from football after being charged with illegal possession of firearms and getting into a fight with Turkish singer Berkay Şahin, and also firing a gun in a hospital!Advertisement Image Courtesy: MarcaBack in 2018, the 32 year old got into a tussle with the music artist in a nightclub, and ended with the singer having a broken nose.Soon after the player arrived at the hospital where Berkay was admitted, and shot a gun in the premise, causing panic among the citizens.Advertisement The club has charged the Turkish international with a monetary penalty of 2.5 million Turkish lira, which roughly equates to about 350 thousand pounds.Turan has publicly apologised for the incident over social media.Advertisement “I learned lessons from these events. My greatest aim is to make my family, my dear wife, my club and friends proud.” he wrote on his Instagram today. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Arda Turan (@ardaturan) on Sep 11, 2019 at 1:47am PDTŞahin also spoke to journalists: “We have been waiting for an apology since the first day.”Turan, who has represented the country 100 times at the international level, left Camp Nou in January 2018, following a total of 0 appearances for the Blaugranas in the previous season. he still has a year left on his contract with the Catalans, who still retain the rights to sell him to any club. Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Instagram(@anadoskim)/Sky SportsAdvertisement Everton forward Richarlison has recently pulled of a goodwill gesture as he funded the travelling fare for a young Brazilian female footballer named Ana Debora, who is on her way to Rio de Janeiro.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@anadoskim)/Sky SportsThe 18 year old, who hails from the State of Espirito Santo, also home to Richarlison- has been selected for a trial with the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A side CR Vasco da Gama, but was not economically strong enough to afford a trip to the Estádio São Januário in Rio.She seeked help on her social media to help fulfipp her dreams of stepping into professional football.Advertisement Fortunately, her fellow countryman from the English Premier League has helped her dream become a reality.Ana spoke to Brazillian outlet Gazeta Online: “When I got the first message, I really didn’t believe it was him.”Advertisement “By the time I entered the profile and saw that it was Richarlison, I cried a lot. It was very exciting because I remembered everything we go through to be a football player.” she added.Richarlison is known for his good deeds off the pitch- previously funding a school £10,000 and food collection for the downtrodden of Nova Venécia.The 22 year old, who joined The Toffees from Watford back in 2018, has scored 15 goals in 39 appearances for Marco Silva’s side, who are facing Sheffield United tomorrow. Advertisement
By John BurtonOCEANPORT, August 6 – American Pharoah, our new equine Boss and our own Jersey boy, was a rock star Sunday and Monmouth Park proved to be a fantastic venue.“It went great. We’re very happy,” said Oceanport Police Lt. Michael Kelly about the record-breaking day at Monmouth Park with a crowd just shy of 61,000.Kelly wasn’t alone. By all accounts, the William Hill Haskell Invitation went without a hitch. And a memory was made for all.“I’m really enjoying being here,” on race day, said Toni Duffy, Atlantic Highlands. “It’s fantastic.”Duffy conceded “I had to drag him,” she said of her companion, Gary Groves, also of Atlantic Highlands, with Groves acknowledging he was apprehensive about attending given the large crowds expected. But once there, he warmed to the day, whose temperature hovered in the sunny 90s by afternoon. “We love the track,” Groves said. “I hope they never close it and develop it. That would be a crime.”Debbie Roche convinced her husband, John W. Roche, both Tinton Falls residents, to come to see American Pharoah. “I’m not going to be around for another 37 years,” so she had better see a Triple Crown winner while she can, Debbie said.“I told her to buy a $100 win ticket,” on American Pharoah, the clear favorite prior to the 6 p.m. running of the Haskell, John said. With a wink he added, “And I would cash it in when she’s not looking.”The 48th running Invitational brought this year’s Triple Crown Winner – the first in 37 years – and super star of the thoroughbred horseracing orbit, Jersey’s own American Pharoah, to the Jersey Shore to compete and ultimately handily win the $1.75 million purse. The purse marked the largest prize in state horseracing history and American Pharoah’s appearance was the first Triple Crown winner to grace a Garden State track. Sunday also was a first for Monmouth Park, which had a record attendance of 60,983, its most attendees for a single day since the park first opened in 1946.“Monmouth Park is here to stay forever,” proclaimed Dennis Drazin, a Red Bank lawyer who serves as an advisor to the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen’s and Darby Development, LLC, which operates the park. Track officials had increased the purse for the Haskell by $750,000, which Drazin maintained will make this race “the fourth jewel in the Triple Crown,” ensuring marquee name horses traveling here to compete and drawing crowds to Monmouth Park. “This will be a day to remember,” he said.“Dennis Drazin is the man,” said state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-13), also in attendance.“This has been an amazing day,” Kyrillos said, noting it was necessary “to keep the momentum going. We have to save the track.” By that the senator meant he would continue to support legislation that would allow sports gambling at racetracks. That has been advocated by Drazin and track proponents who have lobbied Trenton, with Drazin arguing for it – so far unsuccessfully – in federal court. Horseracing supporters continue to argue the added influx of cash sports gam bling would allow tracks to continue to operate.“Horse breeding has long been a very important part of Monmouth County’s heritage and economy,” noted state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), “and a wonderful day like this reminds us how important it is for the county and state, as well as what we have to offer.”John Heims, Monmouth Park’s in-house legal counsel and director of media relations, said total betting on Sunday’s 14 races amounted to a record-breaking $20 million, with $6.5 million bet at the park that day. The last time anything close was bet was in 2008 with a Haskell Day handle of $17 million and a Haskell race handle in 2010 at $4.4 million.“I got up at 6 o’clock a.m. and drove from Pennsylvania,” said Martha Vetter.Vetter, who came with her son Bob Vetter, and 7-year-old granddaughter Bella Enturrino, Toms River, had her own reasons for coming to Monmouth Park.In addition to Bella’s love of the pony rides, Martha Vetter’s mother, Dorothy Dollard knew the Haskell family, with family members riding their horses on the Dollard farm, in Manalapan’s Tennent section, in the 1940s -50s. Dollard died in 1978, the year of the last Triple Crown winner, Affirmed. “So, it’s special to me,” Vetter said.“I never miss the Haskell,” said Maria Gemignani, a Long Branch woman. Gemignani, an elderly woman who is originally from Italy, also explained “I came to see the big race, to see the horse,” meaning American Pharoah.Barbara and Scott Swaim, now living in Charlotte, North Carolina, but formerly of Rumson, have been coming for the running of the Haskell since 1986. “It’s just a happy event on the Jersey Shore,” Scott said.Barbara noted they traditionally spend their day at the same table at the park’s outdoor Ladies Secret Café and see what the day brings. They bet just enough with “Our goal is to pay for dinner,” with their day’s winnings, Scott said.“It’s been great. It’s been one big party,” offered Oceanport Borough Councilman Joseph Irace about Sunday’s activities. “Everyone is smiling, everyone is happy. It’s been a great day.”It’s also been “A great day for Oceanport,” Irace explained, “because people can see what Oceanport has to offer and what Monmouth County has to offer other than the beach.”“It’s nice to see the crowds here,” said Brian Nelson, a Middletown lawyer, whose firm had a private box for the races.“It’s a huge economic boost to the county, no doubt,” Nelson observed. “A lot of people made the weekend out of it,” staying in area hotels and dining in local restaurants, all to the area’s benefit.“I think it’s a great way to showcase that Monmouth County is a great place to be,” said Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso.“I’ve never been to the races before,” said Ernest Olivera, a Morris County resident. “I do think I would like to come again, though I haven’t won any money,” he added with a chuckle.“What an amazing day,” Drazin said. “We were prepared and it showed.”“We had a plan we put in place and everything fell into place,” Police Lt. Kelly agreed.There were hundreds of police officers from surrounding departments who worked with Oceanport’s department on security and traffic flow; security inside the park was the responsibility of NJ State Police.With the tens of thousands expected law enforcement had detours established and some road closures lined up to try to keep traffic moving at a reasonable rate, according to Kelly.And it worked, he said. But what contributed greatly, Kelly explained, was the public’s own planning. “People carpooled. We saw minivans filled with people; we saw cars filled with people,” he said.Along with the carpooling, “Another surprise was a lot of people rode their bikes,” Kelly said.“There were so many bikes locked up along the fences, which I never saw before,” with cyclists coming from as far away as Deal and Keansburg, Kelly found out when speaking with them over the course of the day.What helped greatly was the number of people who opted for mass transit.NJ Transit put on additional commuter trains for the day, ultimately transporting 11,734 to and from Monmouth Park. That was a five times greater number than took the train for last year’s Haskell, said Jennifer Nelson, a NJ Transit spokeswoman, which required transit to make some quick makeshift improvements to the local station (adding a new concrete slab and laying additional gravel).Overall, “We couldn’t be more pleased with how it went,” Nelson said.State police had six arrests for minor disorderly persons offenses – a remarkably low number for a nearly 61,000 crowd. And there were just three very minor traffic collisions for the day, Kelly noted.“So far, it’s been trouble-free,” Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon observed late on Sunday.The final verdict for the police, “We’re all smiles,” Kelly added. American Pharoah a Superstar and Monmouth Park His Successful Host The Crowd Left With a Memory
Parkingfor the event overflowed into adjacent farms’ lots. Karch said that once the newmicrobrewery behind the distillery opens later this year, shared parking willprovide more spaces. Currently under construction by different owners, themicrobrewery is converting portions of an old farm that occupied the entire sitefor generations. The Colts Neck Stillhouse bar room. Karch and his investors are hoping for similar legendary success. Opened in early December, the 4,800-square-foot facility held a grand opening Jan. 16. The circular bar area was packed with local and county officials and well-wishers, including Thomas Arnone, Monmouth County Freeholder director, and freeholder Lillian Burry, co-founders of the county’s Grown in Monmouth initiative. Burry, a Colts Neck resident, former mayor, and owner of Colts Neck Realty, sold the Karchs their township home 25 years ago. Maryann and Geoff Karch in the barrel room of the Colts Neck Stillhouse. Karch and his wife Maryann join a rarefied group of Colts Neck distillers. Laird & Company, which still operates at Laird Road and Route 537, was the first distillery in the United States, and holds the first federal distilling license issued after Prohibition. At their original location (now the Colts Neck Inn,) President George Washington made frequent visits to sip, and eventually gain the recipe for, the company’s famous Apple Jack, which he dubbed “Jersey Lightning.” Thomas Jefferson was also a customer and emulator. COLTS NECK – Back in his native Ohio, Geoff Karch’s grandfather had an exclamation for surprising or noteworthy events: “Holy Muckleyeye!” he would shout over a great golf shot or joyful news. So when Karch, owner of the recently opened Colts Neck Stillhouse at 304 Route 34 in the township needed a name for his brand of small batch spirits, the made-up word was the natural choice. FYI, it’s pronounced “Muck-lee-eye.” “Area farms have alreadyagreed to grow the necessary corn, ryes and other grains the Colts NeckStillhouse will use,” she said. “Distilling is an art and Geoff Karch will giveus an artful product.” “I followed my dreamand my passion,” Karch concluded. “We are at the starting line. “When Geoff wasrunning around trying to get his business going, he was community-minded enoughto take time out to let the entire Colts Neck Fire Department run a drill in anold building on his property,” Rizzuto related. “The Stillhouse adds adestination to our business district and will hopefully bring people into thetownship.” Thedrink menu and apron-clad bartender/mixologists demonstrated the intricacies ofa detailed craft cocktail program utilizing house-made tinctures, bitters,cordials, syrups and sodas. Herbs, shrubs and produce feature prominently. TheBloody Janice, a take on a Bloody Mary, is available Sundays only. A version ofHarry Potters’butterbeer – the “BBC” (Butter Beer Cream) – is made with house rum, brownbutter syrup, cream soda and homemade whipped cream. Other products made onsite include Copper Pot Distilled American Gin, Straight Bourbon Whiskey,Straight Rye Whiskey and vodka distilled from wheat. Drink ingredients willchange seasonally, Karch said. “We will use productsgrown in Monmouth County wherever possible,” Karch told the crowd. Distillingequipment is visible through glass in one room, while another room at theone-story building holds wood barrels. Each room has a mezzanine; one isKarch’s office. Out back a patio offers fire pits and seating. Tours areavailable on Fridays and Saturdays. Tomarket his products, Karch will draw on skills he honed in advertising sales at21st Century Fox, the Nat Geo Channel, ESPN and ABC Sports. “Now I get to marketmy own products after so many years of marketing other people’s,” he said.Since state distillery rules prevent the Stillhouse from serving food, beer orwine, Karch is bringing in rotating food trucks including Cousin’s MaineLobster and Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck. “The outcome is a homerunwhen you use local products,” Arnone said. “Monmouth County’s Grow Monmouth andGrown in Monmouth programs have been so successful, the state is emulatingthem.” Burry said there are currently about 15 distilleries in New Jersey. We want to be one of the premier distillers on the East Coast.” “It’s a very uniquething and a great concept for this community,” said Ed Brock Jr., co-owner ofBrock Farms nearby on Route 34. “I think it will be a great draw.” Acting MayorFrank Rizzuto, captain of the Colts Neck Fire Police, and a Long Branch Police captain,led the Pledge of Allegiance before the official ribbon-cutting. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski
By Philip Sean Curran Overall, the entireproject is expected to cost around $80 million, all of which is funded throughthe federal government. The largest chunk of that total is the new bridgeitself at an estimated $63 million. Editor’s Note, April 1: The first community stakeholders meeting has been scheduled for Weds., April 10 from 10 a.m. – noon at the Sea Bright Beach Pavilion, 3rd floor, 1097 Ocean Ave. in Sea Bright. RSVP to Martine Culbertson, Community Involvement Facilitator at 856-795-8485. The current bridge, whichwill be demolished after the new one opens, was built at a time when bridgeswere designed to have a service life of about 50 years, Ettore said. Demolition of the oldstructure will take about six months, Ettore said. The county intends to havea series of information sessions in the fall and again in the early part of2020, said Thomas A. Arnone, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders director. “In final design, thereare elements that are yet to be determined,” he said. “And that dictates whenthe project can be bid and how long it will take to construct.” “The county has done a really good job of including both towns in the process from the beginning,” said Thomas S. Rogers, Rumson borough administrator. “At some point, obviously, the traffic’s going to have to be diverted over to the new bridge, so there will be a closure. But the county has assured us that closure would take place in the off-season.” The plan is to replace thecurrent bridge, built in 1950, that spans the Shrewsbury River. Deemedstructurally deficient, the old bridge on Rumson Road is safe to drive over andinspected annually, but it is has outlived its useful lifespan, according tothe county. “So we’re obviously wellbeyond that,” he said of a bridge that was deemed functionally obsolete anddowngraded to a 15-ton low-carrying capacity. The new bridge project isin the final design phase, county engineer Joe Ettore said. The freeholders last weekgave the green light to the right-of-way acquisition process, Ettore said. Itis not clear yet whether all or some of the property will be bought by thecounty. James Barry, who owns a gym in the building on that property, said he supports having a new bridge, so long as it does not mean businesses have to close. “The physical construction(of the bridge) does not require the complete acquisition of that property,”Ettore said. “That’s really a matter of negotiations with the property owner.” Construction of a newcounty bridge connecting Rumson and Sea Bright is slated to start in the springof 2021 and take an estimated 24 months to complete, in a federally funded jobscheduled to avoid disrupting Shore traffic. “Federal authorization toreceive funding is anticipated by fall 2020,” Arnone said. Like the current bridge,the new bridge will have one lane of traffic in each direction, but will featurewider sidewalks and shoulders and be located on the south side of the currentstructure. As part of the project, the county will look to acquire needed right-of-way,including negotiating with the owner of a property on Ocean Avenue in SeaBright where a Dunkin’ is located. The old bridge will remainopen during construction, Ettore said. The transition from the old bridge tothe new one will not happen during the peak beach season, when anywhere from10,000 to 15,000 vehicles travel the bridge daily. This article was first published in the March 28-April 3, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times.