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Nov 2022

Editor's Note - December 2022

Merry Christmas! 
This is my favorite time of the year. I enjoy walking in the morning and seeing all the wonderful decorations that are being displayed by our residents. My favorite is driving around at night and seeing all the wonderful displays. It brings me back to earlier days driving around Staten Island looking at all the decorations, especially on Christmas Eve after going to Christmas Eve Mass.  A heartfelt thank you to all the residents who go out of their way to make our community shine. Just seeing these displays puts a smile of your face.
This is the time of the year for spending time with family and friends. The holidays aren’t about eating and exchanging gifts. It’s about people coming together and sharing memories and creating new ones.  
Did you know that the candy cane made its first appearance around the 1670’s? The hook was made to represent a shepherd’s staff. The candy cane didn’t make its first historical reference until the mid 1800’s.  The stripes were added around the early 1900’s. It’s unknown who actually created the candy cane, however in 1919 Bobs’ Candy Company began manufacturing them and are credited for adding the cellophane.  It wasn’t until 1952 that the company made a machine to bend it into a cane. To think before that each candy cane was bent by hand. The candy cane is now a traditional symbol of the Christmas holiday.
I’m continuing to find information to pass on to you. Watch out for a list of upcoming events in Toms River in early 2023. If there is something in particular you would like to see in an upcoming issues send your suggestions to [email protected] If you don’t have access to a computer, you can jot it down and drop it off a the clubhouse. The deadline to send me your news is December 13th for the January issue. If you’re having an event, please contact the Sentinel’s resident photographer Vicki Kohanek to take pictures. 
From my home to yours, I’m wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season filled with love and laughter. And as always, take a few minutes to check on your neighbor. A simple gesture as sharing a small dish of homemade cookies can make their holiday!
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