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Sevastakis: Work Off Holiday Pounds Through Township Recreation Programs

From yoga, to Zumba, to skating, plenty of opportunities in town

Submitted by Township Councilman John Sevastakis, Councilman-at-Large

It’s the start of a New Year and the start of an early January tradition – to work off those extra holiday pounds and stay in shape. The Recreation Department is starting its winter program this week with plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

In addition to programs we had this fall, we have added a youth basketball clinic (4th-6th grade), cheerleading and dance (1st-6th grade), and an advanced karate class (1st-8th grade). We will continue to offer our popular yoga, Boot Camp Fitness, Pilates, Zumba, and volleyball programs for adults. Youth programs being offered include Open Gym, Kids Yoga, Game Night, Karate Lessons, Mad Science enrichment, Ceramics and various Discovery Kids programs for children with special needs.

We are proud to offer these programs for the low price of $25 for children and $35 for adults. The full brochure is on the township website under the Recreation section. Residents should call 732-341-1000 x 8415 for more information on these programs.

At the Winding River Skating Center, residents can currently sign up for group lessons in the following categories: Youth Learn to Skate, Youth Learn to Play Hockey and Adult Beginner Skating.

Our youth travel hockey program, which includes eight teams that play within New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, had an exciting finish to the year. Two teams won the Silver Stick Regional Tournament in Aston, Pennsylvania. They will be competing in the National Silver Stick Tournament in Niagara Falls next week.

We are also offering youth and adult open hockey as well as several clinics to those interested in becoming better skaters and hockey players. An Adult League tournament will be held in March.

Residents interested in programs at Winding River Skating Center should call 732-341-1000 x 8488 for more information.

As you put away those holiday decorations, I want to remind you to get rid of your Christmas tree and help the environment at the same time.

The Parks and Recreation Department conducts a Christmas tree recycling program each January. Residents should recycle Christmas trees by taking them to any one of the following locations through January. The trees will be made into wood chips rather than being added to the landfill, thus saving landfill tipping fees.

• Skyview Park (Vaughn Avenue)

• Riverwood Park (Riverwood Avenue)

• Silverton Park (Maine Street)

• Bayside Park (Bay Blvd., Ortley)

• Bey Lea Park (Tennis Court and Parking Lot)

• Chadwick Beach Park (Strickland Blvd.)

• Money Island Park (Longfellow Avenue)

• Winding River Park - South (Off Rt. 37 West)

• Toms River Township Recycling Center (Church Road)

The Public Works Department will collect Christmas trees after the Parks & Recreation recycling program is completed. From January 15th through January 31st, Public Works will collect Christmas trees. Place the trees at the curb for collection. After January 31st, all trees must be dropped off at our Recycling Convenience Center on Church Road.

I hope that everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of our many recreational programs and facilities. Have a Safe and Happy Winter!

Chief Wahoo January 07, 2014 at 03:08 PM
For the low low price of $25. Hurry now. But that's not all folks. Act right now and we will add another one absolutely free. Shipping and handling not included. What a knucklehead !!
Exit82 January 07, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Hey Danial Nee, When are you going to do a story on Sevastakis and his 1.5 million in court ordered judgements, or his lawsuit against politically connected law firm Gluck & Allen?
Martin January 07, 2014 at 03:43 PM
The mayor and council members sure could stand to lose some of the FAT in the budget. Slim down at the waste (waist).
bayway mike January 07, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Toms River has a Recreation Center??
BN January 08, 2014 at 12:03 AM
No mike, it's a RECYCLING center. The kids can sled down the mounds of garbage.
Martin January 08, 2014 at 11:07 AM
Just like a council meeting... mounds of garbage.
MadDad January 08, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Sevastakis! How is this criminal/con artist still walking the streets, let alone a councilman. People of TR should do some research on the candidates the vote for.
jasperpointpl January 08, 2014 at 04:30 PM
How can they do an article about these judgments that do not exist? Why make up this stuff?
Harry Neppelz January 08, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Leave the poor guy alone, he has to pretend to be doing something for the town. Did they interrupt him playing Candy Crush when they told him he was now VP of clowncil? He should build a third ice rink - that would be awesome. Wait, not him build it - too many court ordered judgements (jasper, I mean "just" under $1.5mm - but you know that already, docket #s L00246011, L00564106 & L00093313). Town should be fine with his leadership and fiscal cannon, lest not forget his pending foreclosure. That's the man I want making decisions!
Harry Neppelz January 08, 2014 at 09:30 PM
http://youtu.be/TCkkCSz88FQ Heard they are considering a new town pool too, when asked about cost, this is what newly VP clowncilman retorted.
Katarina Sevastakis January 09, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Changing your fake name "Harry" aka "Hanky" doesn't change the poisonous pedophile that you are, Neighbor. I see that you have done your Civil homework, wow we are so impressed that you are capable of obtaining what is Public Record. Now take my advice and acquire a life of your own because trying to defame my father and discount 10 years of dedication to the community that he loves is falling on deaf ears. If he doesn't run for office again in 2 years, it will be a far bigger loss for this town then it will be for his family. A self-absorbed "boat" wreck like you would never sacrifice their time and energy for a stipend of $8900, no benefits, no pay out for not taking them and no gratuitous job. Many people believe that and they could care less if you do or don't. I only care because I am stuck living near the pathetic psycho that you are. Only an ignorant person or hater, would make assumptions about Civil matters that are still in litigation. I'm sorry that you are one of them, but not surprised. In the end my father will prevail because he is right and his only fault is trusting people who are not as honorable as he is. He has learned that lesson the hard way which has made him a better person contrary to the picture of him you are trying to paint. Your callousness regarding the loss of our home and displacement for 13 MONTHS, due to Sandy is a clear indicator of the sociopath that you are. Many of our friends were witness to it, right after the storm, when we were sorting through our ruined belongings and they were disgusted by your behavior...Trust me if you ever ran for office, putting Civil matters on blast is nothing compared to the true life testimonies of your inappropriate and erratic behavior. And please try to control yourself from staring me down like a predator now that we are back home because I have it on video, from past incidents and I am very close to filing a complaint if it continues. Oh by the way that would be a criminal complaint, very different docket number then Civil, you do understand the difference, right? You may want to speed up your 5 year retirement plan and relocate now, so that you have time to enjoy it before the venom you keep spewing eats you alive, it seems to have already swallowed your heart and soul. Happy New Year Neighbor!
MadDad January 10, 2014 at 11:06 AM
Katarina, you should reach out to the children of Michael Ritacco. I'm sure they can give you some good advice about you denial!
Katarina Sevastakis January 10, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Sorry guy, but you must have misread my last post. That or you have the denial problems. As for me, nothing I said places me in denial.
Ken TR January 10, 2014 at 07:50 PM
Harry Neeplz You are a despicable perverted mechanic who should stay away from people. Stop taking videos of school age girls and move to where you belong: island of misfit toys.
jasperpointpl January 11, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Reality is that no one can, or would want to run for public office if, and I say if they had that much in judgements, regardless if they are in litagation.
Vic Rattlehead January 26, 2014 at 02:03 PM
From what I understand these programs where designed for Sevastakis' portly daughter. Nobody lives on 8900 so tell Ritacco to get a cot all made up for another corrupt politician. Wake up honey daddys a crook!
Katarina Sevastakis January 26, 2014 at 02:17 PM
What a stupid, simple person... clearly you are just another person pulling crap out of the air. You're right about ONE thing, you can't live off of $8900 hence why he owns his own business. He doesn't need to be a councilman for Toms River for money, he chooses to to make a difference, which he has, mind your petty comments. And thank you for TRYING to tell me what my father is, it's quite entertaining. You have no clue how much of an asshole you would feel like if you ever actually KNEW my father.. but all you will continue to do is sit behind a screen and talk about people to feel better about your worthless self, and that's fine because you're still nothing but a fake name to anyone that reads your posts. Continue arguing with a 19 year old, maybe you'll finally feel good about yourself.
Vic Rattlehead January 26, 2014 at 02:36 PM
I feel great i don't have judgements against me. So hes entertaining am sure he'll be great tellin jokes at fort dix.
Katarina Sevastakis January 26, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Lol yeah we'll see how well that accusation goes about itself. And try to learn how to read cause you just embarrassed yourself.
Mac January 26, 2014 at 02:42 PM
congratulations to our hockey youth travel teams on their accomplishments - and I just have to ask: is the 'Mad Science enrichment' program more than just a local civics history lesson?
jasperpointpl January 26, 2014 at 03:34 PM
The thing is here is that these judgements that do exist as of now, are massive. These are not 2, 5 or even 10 thousand dollar judgements. They are 500,000 and like 800,000. He's got a total of over 1.5 million. Just the 500,000 one would most folks into a tizzy and not know where to hide. Lets hope at some point they either get paid or appealed in a favorable way for him.
Chief Wahoo January 26, 2014 at 06:42 PM
The lady doth protest too much, methinks
Vic Rattlehead January 27, 2014 at 09:52 AM
So now i did my homework ok ez math for a stupid metalhead. Contractor/politician=kick backs. Can you say Neotism.
Vic Rattlehead January 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Where did chubby go i needed program advice .
Katarina Sevastakis January 27, 2014 at 11:23 PM
Can you say illiterate. Probably not. Go back to school.

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