PAGE 32 THE COAST STAR, THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
Harlem Wizards dazzle Squan crowd
By Dan Zomack cool” to see the Wizards per-
The people who filled the forming all their basketball
Manasquan High School gym- tricks on the court, which con-
nasium on Sunday were daz- sisted of fancy passes and nice
zled by the incredible basket- slam dunks.
ball skills of the Harlem Manasquan Elementary
Wizards. School Assistant Principal
The Manasquan Elementary Richard Kirk was one of the
School Parent Teacher hometown players on the
Organization [PTO] hosted Squan team.
the basketball game fund-rais- “It was a great time,” the
er Sunday afternoon with the assistant principal said. He
Harlem squad taking on the made a couple of baskets in
Manasquan Wacky Warriors, a Sunday’s game, he said and he
team comprised of teachers, played in last year’s game, as
police officers, students and well.
other community members. “It’s all about the kids,”
“All the money we raise goes Assistant Principal Kirk stat-
back into the classrooms,” said ed. Even the Wizards are a
Linda DiPalma, a PTO mem- “kid-friendly” team, he added,
ATTENTION ber who helped organize the
which was good for the crowd.
The assistant principal also
This is the second year in a noted that it was good for stu-
Manasquan Residents row the PTO hosted the dents to see teachers and staff
Wizards, said Mrs. DiPalma. outside of their traditional
There were around 650 tickets roles and on the basketball
INFORMATION sold and the PTO helped to court having some fun.
REGARDING FIRE bring in about $3,000, she
One of the Wizards players
performing some of the more
HYDRANT FLUSHING The PTO seeks to hold
events families will enjoy, but
impressive dunks was Charlie
Coley, 21, a 6’7’’ senior at the
Monday, March 23 thru Friday, April 3, the also ones that will raise funds University of North Carolina
Department of Public Works will be flushing fire for the organization at the in Charlotte, who was playing
same time, stated Mrs. his first game with the Harlem
hydrants. During this period you may experience
DiPalma. Wizards on Sunday. He said JOSEPH J. DELCONZO, The Coast Star
discolored water. To eliminate this harmless discol- Manasquan resident Maeve he was glad to have had the Tojo Henderson, of the Harlem Wizards basketball team,
oration, turn on faucets and leave open until the Halton, whose 14-year-old son opportunity to play with a gave a Manasquan player a friendly fist bump during Sunday’s
water runs clear. Ian was playing on the Squan team he grew up watching. fund-raiser game, played between the Wizards and a local
team, said, “It’s so much fun to The nation will be able to squad composed of Manasquan community members.
Thank you for your patience. see our local guys playing watch Mr. Coley as he partici- thanked all those who partici-
against these guys.” pates on ESPN in the 2009 pated in the game, as well as
Manasquan Water Dept. Mrs. Halton said the after- State Farm College Slam everyone who came out to Hasbrouck
noon was all about fun and Dunk Competition, which will watch, and the volunteers who
entertainment. “It’s worth the be held in Auburn Hills, helped out through the day to graduates
price of the ticket,” she said. Mich., on April 2 during the help make the day a success.
Laura Hart was also in the Final Four weekend. She also said the event Univ. of Tulsa
stands enjoying the game and Mr. Coley said he was glad would not have been possible
Leisl Blair Hasbrouck
watching the local team take to have the chance to play with without the support of the
recently graduated from the
on the talented Wizards. “It’s the Wizards in Manasquan, Manasquan Elks, Manasquan
University of Tulsa, located in
nice to see the faculty outside especially since the funds Savings Bank, Statewide
of school having fun,” she said. raised go to a good cause. Electric, the Manasquan
M s .
The sentiment was echoed Mr. Coley was just one of Patrolmen’s Benevolent
by her 8-year-old daughter, the Wizards who were able to Association [PBA], and the
Elena, who was excited to see make the Squan crowd laugh Manasquan Turkey Trot
her teachers out of their work with their on-court antics, Committee.
clothes and in shorts on the while also impressing them All the work definitely paid
R o b e r t
basketball court. with their basketball skills. off, stated Mrs. DiPalma.
The stands were filled with Mrs. DiPalma additionally
family and friends, and that is LEISL
what the day is all about, HASBROUCK
according to Mrs. Hart, who
Road in Manasquan. Her par-
was attending the event for the
ents are Bob and Pamela
second year in a row.
One of the reasons she
comes is because the event
Squan therapist presents Hasbrouck, of Kingwood,
Texas. Bob Hasbrouck, former-
ly of Manasquan, graduated
benefits the school and the
community, Mrs. Hart stated,
besides it being so much fun.
book for autistic children from Manasquan High School
Annette Becklund, a children about themselves. Ms. Hasbrouck graduated in
“The Wizards are really,
Manasquan-based therapist and Warren is honest, caring, gentle, 2004 from Kingwood High
really entertaining,” stated
children’s book author, and her and knows who to go to when School, located in Kingwood,
Mrs. Hart. “I wish they [the
husband, Ray Gulzeth, an illus- he has questions about getting Texas. She received bachelor of
PTO] could do these more
trator, will be appearing for a along with other dinosaurs.” science degrees in exercise
than once a year.”
reading and book signing at Ms. Becklund works with physiology and psychology
Elena said it was “really
BookTowne, located at 171 children diagnosed on the from the University of Tulsa.
Main St. in Manasquan, on autism spectrum, providing Ms. Hasbrouck was a four-
year letter winner in women’s
THANKS TO OUR PATIENTS Saturday, April 4, from 12 to 2
individual and family therapy, as
well as social skills in group golf while at the University of
FOR VOTING US THE BEST The couple will present Ms. opportunities. Tulsa, and she was named to
her all-conference team three
Becklund’s recent release, Mr. Gulzeth is an accom-
Family Dentistry “Warren is Wonderful,” which
she says, “was written especially
for children with autism and
plished artist specializing in oil
paintings. Illustrating has been a
longtime hobby, and this is Mr.
times. She is a professional
golfer with plans to attend
Futures Tour Qualifying School
4 YEARS IN A ROW* Asperger’s.” Gulzeth’s second children's in Florida this November.
“Building a healthy self- book. Ms. Hasbrouck is currently
image increases the likelihood of April is Autism Awareness employed as a personal trainer
success with children,” said Ms. Month. at the prestigious Platinum
Becklund. “I wanted to teach Center in Tulsa.
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