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ASBURYPARKPRESS I WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2 0, 2 0 1 0 loxca EEAJOKSNEWS Sponsored By ON YOUR CELL PHONE 0W3St KIGNEY MISSING Strand theater coming up $5,000 short; ex-employee to be questioned. 5 BIO PURCHASE Bayville First Aid Squad shows off its new rig. 3 TsxtAPPNEWStO ft-wrtiim. nnr.r f 44636 MINFO! to . Iffl sSir Preorder 201 1 Fies,a sync F lyiw cor Text FORD to 44636 0 mum Woman admits stealing from church charity Cites illness, gambling problem as motivation Iacopino also will be required to repay the approximately $18,000 she admitted stealing from the charity, which is designed to help the poor. Being questioned by her attorney, Vincent N. Falce-tano Jr., Iacopino said the thefts occurred while her husband was treasurer of the St. Vincent de Paul Soci ety at the church. She said her husband had been given an ATM card for the charity, which she stole and used to make a series of withdrawals totaling about $18,000. The defendant carried a portable oxygen tank to the witness stand before making her admission. She said she was on various medications after suffering a mild stroke. She also said she had a gambling problem that fueled the thefts. "At that time, my mind was not good, but I knew what I did was wrong," Iacopino said. "You were referring to a gambling problem," Falce-tano clarified, with which Iacopino agreed. By KATHLEEN HOPKINS TOMS RIVER BUREAU TOMS RIVER - A 56-year-old Toms River woman Tuesday admitted stealing $18,000 from a church charity in a series of withdrawals with a pilfered ATM card. 2008 and April 2009. The defendant's plea bargain calls for her to receive a four-year prison term when she is sentenced by Hodgson on March 5, said Senior Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Martin J. Anton. Stephanie Iacopino of En-cinatas Drive pleaded guilty to theft before Superior Court Judge Francis R. Hodgson. She admitted she stole the money from the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Church of St. Martha in Point Pleasant between July SWEARING-IN: Students closely watch as Christie takes office, promising to bring change to how New Jersey operates. 2 associates sued by doctor respond with own lawsuit Cr. ( Allege illegal transfers and embezzlement FT By CHELSEA MICHELS TOMS RIVER BUREAU TOMS RIVER Several months after embattled oncologist Parvez Dara sued his former business as sociates and employees, two have parvez Dara responded with their own suit, alleging Dara embezzled money and participated in illegal money transfers. Dara has been under fire for nearly a year, facing several individual lawsuits and a possible class-action suit with as many as 3,000 plaintiffs who will either claim to have contracted hepatitis B or live in fear of getting it due to the possible exposure of a blood-borne illness. See Suit, Page B2 STAFF PHOTOS: KEITH J. WOODS Students in political and legal education classes at Toms River High School East watch the inauguration ceremony for Gov. Chris Christie. Excessive worrying is in bad taste for grandmother This evaluate message KICKIN BACK takes oai as governor By Diana Fasaneila Christie's desire for change resonates with student viewers of inaugural. T confess. I'm way too concerned about my grandchildren. Even though I know they're well cared for and being raised by wonderful parents, I fear I might become a "helicopter" granny. Of course, I don't act like a helicopter granny. I rarely butt in or give child-rearing advice unless I'm asked. But some of their eating habits have me baffled lately. I can understand why granddaughter Chloe loves salt. She inherently got that from me. I loved salt so much as a child that I would put it on apples, grapefruit and even bubble gum once the sweetness was gone. I had such a love of salt I would eat it straight from the palm of my hand. My dad thought I was deranged. Sort of like a crazed Kenyan elephant digging for salt in the caves of Mount Elgon. 01' Daddy thought I was so addicted to salt, he demanded I be examined by a doctor. Turns out my body was just telling a "younger, much more active me" to replace what it had sweated out in the hot Florida sun. The wise medical man assured 01' Daddy that I would outgrow my excessive salt cravings. I didn't. But I did give up the bubble gum. While Chloe's tastes seem to be in the realm of a normal 5-year-old, 3-year-old Parker's are a little more refined. He -d - . t Ill &j By ERIK LARSEN TOMS RIVER BUREAU Anthony Curran and Morgan Maclearie sat in the lecture hall of Toms River High School East Tuesday, watching a live broadcast of Gov. Chris Christie delivering his inaugural address from the opposite side of the state. Some of their classmates would chuckle when Christie would pause between stanzas in his speech to intone "Change has arrived" in a cadence not quite Barack Obama-esque in delivery. Nevertheless, the pair, both 17 and members of the class of 2010, later would explain they were impressed with what they heard. Christie's oath of office appears on the big screen as students watch at Toms River High School East. likes fish. I'm not talking about Mrs. Paul's fish sticks smothered in tartar sauce, but stripped down, unseasoned filet of tilapia. I was surprised to discover my little guy liked such adult foods and began to experiment with the menu when he came over. Chloe always insisted on eating sugary or salt-laden items, but Parker usually would taste whatever I put on the table, until one morning when I plopped down a dish of eggs Benedict. Parker, surprisingly, turned up his nose. I asked him what he wanted instead. "Waffles," he said. So I prepared another waffle like his sister's, complete with loads of butter and syrup, and gave it to Parker, who then asked for ketchup. "Ketchup? You want ketchup for your waffle?" I asked. "Yes," he said. Well, I went into helicopter mode, trying to explain that ketchup reaUy doesn't go on waffles and blah, blah, blah, before Parker added . . . "and mustard." OK, I confess. I'm becoming a free-range granny. "Whether you like it or not, we live in the state of New Jersey, and we have to deal with this, and we have to work with our governor, and he has got to work with us." Matthew Malagiere, political and legal education teacher BEHIND THE HEWS The Toms River Regional School District selected the governor's inauguration day to dedicate the lecture hall at Toms River High School East to retired political and legal education teacher Joseph F. Monti. Monti had been an educator for 40 years and once brought civil-rights pioneer Rosa Parks to speak to students at Toms River East's lecture hall. "I remember in sophomore year we read 'Julius Caesar,' and that's something Marc Antony did. He kept repeating the word 'ambitious,' right?" Curran "And I think that marks him as a good speaker, because that will be in people's heads," Curran continued. Maclearie interjected, "Yeah, I mean, for my AP literature class we are taught that repetition is emphasis. " "And the more times you repeat your point is the more times people get it. ... By repeating it, he really drove his point home." See Teens, Page B2 pointed out. "I think so," Maclearie answered. Go Where You Need To Go! 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